TwitterFacebook

Anthony Joshua wants to see Mike Tyson return to the ring

Anthony Cocks

Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

Follow Anthony Cocks on: Twitter | Facebook
KO Boxing Forum

Anthony Joshua has backed Mike Tyson’s plans for a comeback.

The 53-year-old Tyson, who last fought professionally 15 years ago, has been teasing a comeback with a series of short training clips on social media.

Old foe Evander Holyfield, 57, and Shannon Briggs, 48, have both been linked to Tyson as potential opponents for what would likely be an exhibition bout for charity.

See Also

WBA, WBO and IBF champion Joshua says he understands why Tyson wants to return to the ring.

“This is what we breathe. This is what we are. And especially someone like Iron Mike Tyson, that’s all that man knows,” Joshua told British GQ.

“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 revealed he idolised Tyson as a youngster and drew inspiration from the American powerhouse in his own career.

“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,” Joshua said.

“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.”

Holyfield, who twice defeated Tyson in the mid-1990s including in the infamous ‘bite fight’ of 1997, said talks were underway for a potential trilogy.

“Well the thing is, he was doing something and I was doing something,” Holyfield told The 3 Point Conversation.

“When I told people about it, they saw me working out and they kind of put two and two together, ‘They must be coming together to do this like this’.

“But the fact of the matter is, I didn’t mind if we do do something like this.

“His people have been talking to my people and we haven’t yet got a solid deal together but it’s coming that way. If it happens, then that’s no problem.”

Holyfield added: “Well the point of the comeback – somebody just made up the names themselves – I’d been telling people that I wanted to start doing exhibitions.

“Meaning that with my foundation, the Holyfield Foundation, I wanted to help the kids.

‘I wanted to come back and be able to show the kids that if you take care of your body at a young age, if you don’t get bad habits, you don’t gotta put them down.

“Then at an old age you ain’t got to be worried about what type of person you’re going to be or if somebody going to have to help you.”

Read more articles about: , ,
red-speech-300×267

Click Here, If you wish to add a COMMENT to the above article or any of the Ringnews24 boxing articles.

FITE – BOXING TV FIXTURES

TOP STORIES

Anthony Joshua rejects idea of Mike Tyson fight

Anthony Joshua rejects idea of Mike Tyson fight

Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 23-1 (21) has rejected the idea of a Mike Tyson 50-6 (44) fight. Tyson, 53, has recently teased a comeback with short videos of himself in training being posted to social media. He hasn’t fought for 15 y…

Dillian Whyte worried about Mike Tyson’s health ahead of ring…

Dillian Whyte worried about Mike Tyson’s health ahead of ring return

Dillian Whyte has issued a dire warning to Mike Tyson ahead of his proposed comeback, saying he could die in the ring. Tyson, 53, has posted short clips of himself working out on social media in recent weeks, stoking rumours of a return to the rin…

David Haye says no way to Mike Tyson fight

David Haye says no way to Mike Tyson fight

David Haye says he wouldn’t be tempted to get back into the ring with Mike Tyson for any amount of money. The 39-year-old unified the WBC, WBA and WBO cruiserweight titles before moving up to heavyweight to challenge world champion Wladimir Klitsc…

Former world champion Ricky Burns vows to fight on

Former world champion Ricky Burns vows to fight on

Former three-weight world champion Ricky Burns 43-8-1 (16) wants to end his career on his own terms with a final fight in Glasgow, Scotland – when the time is right. The 37-year-old from Coatbridge, who has held the WBO and WBA lightweight titles …

Mike Tyson expresses regret for biting off Evander Holyfield's ear

Mike Tyson expresses regret for biting off Evander Holyfield's ear

Mike Tyson has reflected on being the most hated man in boxing following his infamous ‘bite fight’ against Evander Holyfield in 1997. Tyson, 53, became the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history when he knocked out Trevor Berbick in two r…

Dereck Chisora planning MMA bout ahead of Oleksandr Usyk fight

Dereck Chisora planning MMA bout ahead of Oleksandr Usyk fight

British heavyweight Dereck Chisora 32-9 (23) has revealed he wants to compete in a mixed martial arts bout while he waits for his fight against Oleksandr Usyk 17-0 (13) to be rescheduled. Chisora was scheduled to face the former undisputed cruiser…

Welcome

Welcome to Ringnews24; read the latest boxing news from around the world.

The site is run by boxing fans James Tonks and Lee Daley.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free toEmail Us

Write for Ringnews24

KO BOXING FORUM

CONNECT WITH US