Mike Tyson has hailed Anthony Joshua as the new king of boxing who can rule the heavyweight division like he once did in the late 1980s.
Speaking exclusively to Sports Tonight at the launch of Dubai’s Mike Tyson Academy, the man who still holds the record as the youngest heavyweight champion in history, said Joshua’s dramatic 11th round TKO of veteran Wladimir Klitschko had put the spotlight back on an ailing division.
WATCH our exclusive with ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson below:
“It [Joshua’s win] made me realise, ‘wow we’ve got a new talent out there and he’s going to knock these guys out cold’,” said Tyson. “Triple G [Gennady Golovkin] and Canelo [Saul Alvarez] is going to be another [big] multi-million dollar fight. But I don’t care how many fights these small guys [like Floyd Mayweather] have, we’ve got a new king on the block.”
And the former Baddest Man on the Planet claims the manner in which Joshua defeated Klitschko will stand him in good stead as he eyes future bouts with the likes of Tyson Fury and unbeaten American Deontay Wilder. “[Joshua’s] heart overcomes all his weaknesses. He took a bomb [in the sixth round] and still got back up. This is what makes him special, that dramatic ending – Boom!”
LISTEN to Mike Tyson on Anthony Joshua below:
Asked whether the proposed ‘franken-fight’ between the retired Floyd Mayweather and UFC star Conor McGregor was good for boxing, Tyson indicated that he would prefer to see the match take place inside an octagon. “It only gives boxing a bad name because Conor’s not skilled enough to box with Floyd.”
“If he fought UFC and we could see Floyd box there, that would be more exciting. Then we’d see how he handles the kicks to the legs. Conor’s got some amateur boxing skills, but he’s not a boxer.”
For more of Tyson’s thoughts on Mayweather vs McGregor, listen to the clip below:
Reflecting on his own career of unprecedented highs and some spectacular lows, there is one particular bout that stands out in Tyson’s memory. Listen below to find out which one it is:
AN EVENING WITH MIKE TYSON…
Aside from our exclusive interview with ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson, Dubai Eye 103.8 was also an official partner for the Mike Tyson Academy Gala Dinner, hosted by Sports Tonight’s Chris McHardy.
Held at the Dubai Ballroom, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, the evening featured an insightful conversation with the man himself and an exciting auction of a gold statue of Mike created by renowned French sculptor Jean Baptiste Seckler, which received a winning bid of Dh30,000.
Check out the photos from the exclusive evening below: