Mike Tyson vs Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder: How boxing legend thinks he’d fare against today’s stars – The Sun

WITH 44 KOs across 50 wins in his career, it's fair to say Mike Tyson will forever be known as one of boxing's greatest heavyweights ever.

Fans forever argue as to who would win in their prime: Iron Mike or Muhammad Ali.

But Tyson, 53 – who owns a weed farm in the US – has also had his say on how he'd fare against some of the current best in the heavyweight division.

From British stars Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, to the Bronze Bomber, Deontay Wilder, "The Baddest Man on the Planet" has revealed how each fight would go.

Check out what he makes of the hypothetical super-fights…


THE current WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO champion, AJ bounced back from his shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr last summer to regain his belts in December.

Joshua is fighter with many strengths and very few weaknesses – and Iron Mike knows it.

Earlier this month, Tyson revealed: “Hey, I really like him. You know what he is? He’s really a breath of fresh air.

“He’s really clean, he really looks clean, he’s a clean guy, he’s a clean fighter, he’s a good puncher.

“You just wish the best for him.

“I don’t know. My ego says, ‘nobody would beat you’ – but you look at him and… he just looks beautiful.

“He just looks like a fighter, you know? He looks like he was born to do what he has to do. He needs more experience of course, but that will come in life.”

Despite remaining fairly tight-lipped on that occasion – while speaking on his Hotboxin' podcast – Tyson had earlier claimed he would easily beat Joshua.

When asked if he'd beat AJ or Fury, Tyson replied: "Yes. Listen, if you’re asking me if I was 20 years old, then yes, there’s no doubt.

"They’re really good fighters and I respect all these skills. It would have been very tough fighting them."


BACK to his dangerous best, 6ft 9in Fury most-recently beat Wilder in Las Vegas to clinch the WBC and The Ring magazine belts.

But Tyson has been a fan of Fury's since before his win – having watched the controversial draw in his first fight with Wilder.

Tyson claimed: "In the first fight I was hoping for Tyson Fury, I always pulled for him because he was named after me, that is the natural thing to do, right?

"He amazed a lot of people by getting up. He showed he is tough, he got up and won the final round.

"I thought it was over, then he got up and it was like Rocky, he then fought back.

"It was amazing, it made me a fan. It takes great fortitude and belief."

But, as with AJ, Tyson revealed he'd beat his namesake if he was in his prime – while admitting it would have been tough.

The American said: "Listen, if you’re asking me if I was 20 years old, then yes, there’s no doubt.

"They’re really good fighters and I respect all these skills. It would have been very tough fighting them."


WILDER slumped to a seventh-round defeat in his last fight – at the hands of Fury – to lose his WBC and The Ring magazine belts.

But despite that, the Bronze Bomber recently claimed his hard-hitting style would see him beat Tyson.

Wilder claimed: "Me vs. Tyson in ’86, I’d kick the hell outta that guy.

"Listen, I’ve got to keep it real. I know people always go back to the old school or look at the new school and there’s no school where I’m not No1 on earth."

Replying to those comments before his recent defeat by Fury, Tyson was atypically diplomatic, saying: "I don’t know [whether I’d beat him].

"I love the fact that he thinks that, because that’s the way I would think as well.

"He’s supposed to think that way, he is the heavyweight champion of the world and that’s something very special."

But Tyson's former trainer, Jeff Fenech, was in no doubt as to who would win…

Fenech said: "Boxing's not the same now. I'd guarantee that if Mike Tyson trained for six weeks, he'd knock Wilder out in a minute.

"He would hit them. If these guys are getting knocked out by Tyson Fury – who's a great fighter, but not a huge puncher – Tyson would kill these guys.

"They're not on the same level today. Mike today, I reckon if he trained he could still beat these guys.

"Fury's got these other skills, but Deontay Wilder's got a punch and nothing else. If you punch him, it's over.

"And Mike don't miss."

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