Anthony Joshua Views Martin as His Tyson-Berbick Moment

By Declan Taylor, courtesy of The Daily Star

ANTHONY JOSHUA has revealed his world title quest has been given a helping hand by Iron Mike Tyson.

Joshua challenges Charles Martin for the American’s IBF heavyweight title at the 02 Arena on Saturday in just his 16th fight.

But Joshua has revealed a late night viewing of one particular 1986 bout has inspired him to dethrone Martin in style - just like Tyson did against Trevor Berbick to win his first world title.

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Joshua said: “My coach just sat me down and made me watch the fight. He said, ‘Listen, watch that fight and compare it to nowadays’.

“They are different worlds. Everyone said this kid Tyson was going to lose. He came in cool and relaxed.

“Then there was Berbick, he was a beast who came in with his hood up.

“But Tyson handled business man, this is a different era. That just showed me not to worry about anything.

“It’s down to me to go in there and be the Tyson of this modern-day era.

“Yeah, Martin is the champ but show no fear. Watching that fight showed me from that perspective how Tyson handled his business.”

Like Tyson in 86, Joshua is a big favourite to win, despite being the challenger. But some have still suggested that the fight has come too soon.

He added: “There are parallels between Tyson-Berbick and this fight.

“Some people think I’m going to lose, that it’s come too early, all this talk.

“But it’s just another fight. If I can go in there cool, calm and collected, like Tyson was, take the fight to Charles, hopefully I’ll be victorious.”

But undefeated Martin, the 29-year-old champion, is just glad he’s in England to fight Joshua - rather than his Brit rival Tyson Fury.

Martin said: “Fury is better because he can actually box, move and keep it low.

“He may not be a knock-out guy, but he just beats guys down and they just can’t get off.

“He is far more awkward than Joshua because he’s elusive.”

Elsewhere, World heavyweight champion Fury’s rematch with Wladimir Klitschko will be confirmed today for July 9.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by dnash1911 on 04-07-2016

[QUOTE=hugh grant;16590207]Not quite sure martin is on berbicks level. But of course martin would rather face josh than fury,,............more dollars[/QUOTE] Lol or this can turn out like Tommy Morrison vs Ray Mercer, undefeated next big thing starts fast on verge…

Comment by vitali1999 on 04-07-2016

He better be careful that it's not his Tyson vs Biggs moment. Remember Biggs was also 15-0 and the Olympic HW champion. But Biggs was rated one, isn't Joshua number 2 IBF ?

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 04-07-2016

[FONT="Arial"][COLOR="Blue"][B]So, Joshua's trainer shows him the Tyson/Berbick fight, and somehow that has propelled Joshua to be the winner of the fight, before it even happens. I guess that's ONE way to fantasize about winning it. SMH[/B][/COLOR][/FONT]

Comment by deathofaclown on 04-07-2016

yeah, just like Tyson v Berbick if you scale down the talent to about 5%.

Comment by OctoberRed on 04-07-2016

[QUOTE=hugh grant;16590207]Not quite sure martin is on berbicks level. But of course martin would rather face josh than fury,,............more dollars[/QUOTE] I agree, a poor man's Tyson-Berbick

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