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Anthony Joshua Reacts To Talk of Mike Tyson Comeback

IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has no problem with Mike Tyson making his rung return.

Tyson, 53-years-old and retired since 2005, has been teasing a potential ring return - with the idea of taking part in exhibition bouts to raise money for charity.

The former undisputed heavyweight champion released several viral video clips in recent weeks, with the retired boxer showcasing his speed, power and physical form.

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Joshua is one of the many young boxers who idolized Tyson.

If Tyson decides to return to the ring in any manner, Joshua will certainly be watching.

"This is what we breathe. This is what we are. And especially someone like Iron Mike Tyson, that’s all that man knows. For everyone else it’s a comeback, but for him it’s just what he does. He’s a fighter, right? He’s probably just took a little break but for everybody else it’s like, 'Oh my God! Mike Tyson is making a comeback!' But for Mike Tyson it’s like, 'This is what I do. I’m a fighter by nature' so if he’s back in the ring then I would love to see it. I’d definitely be one of the viewers, that’s for sure," Joshua told GQ.

"When I watched him on YouTube, I see a little kid at 13 and I truly believe, no matter what anybody has to say about Mike Tyson now in terms of what he went through when he was fighting and some of the controversies, the guy took himself from his neighbourhood which wasn’t the prettiest of scenes, up to an amateur champion, to the youngest ever world champion, to one of the most recognised faces of the sport of boxing.

"The only two faces I recognised in boxing, globally, were Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson – they’re the main faces of this sport – so from where he started to where he is now, he’s my ultimate motivation. The reason I say that is because he was the closest guy to my generation so he holds a special place in my heart."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Monzon99 on 05-22-2020

AJ has respect for the greats like Tyson unlike that big bird legged alabama fraud.

Comment by chirorickyp on 05-22-2020

[QUOTE=NachoMan;20574134]Don't feel guilty; you're probably not the only one. Let's make it in Madison Square Garden or the MGM Grand and, instead of four 2-minute rounds, lets do 10 30-second rounds. I'll take Mike on those terms. :boxing:[/QUOTE] 30 Second…

Comment by NachoMan on 05-22-2020

[QUOTE=chirorickyp;20574008]I'm wrong I know. It's stupid I know. I'll admit to it up front. But I want to see AJ vs Tyson in a 4 rd fight, 2 min rounds. 3 min 12 rds would be a BAD idea for…

Comment by NachoMan on 05-22-2020

[QUOTE=TMLT87;20573732]Joshua and Furys biggest win is over the same past prime 40+ year old Wlad. Wilders best win is a guy who claims to be 40 but is suspected of being almost 50. Why you singling out AJ?[/QUOTE] Fair points.…

Comment by chirorickyp on 05-22-2020

I'm wrong I know. It's stupid I know. I'll admit to it up front. But I want to see AJ vs Tyson in a 4 rd fight, 2 min rounds. 3 min 12 rds would be a BAD idea for…

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