Tyson Fury, or Anthony Joshua? Who is the better heavyweight boxer of present times? A question that has multiple opinions and which has the global boxing fandom split on picking their own ruler of the heavyweight division. However, someone who is not hesitant in picking between the two is none other than Mike Tyson, former reigning champion of the heavyweight division, The Baddest Man on the Planet himself, and he chooses Tyson Fury as his boxing “Messiah”.
Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are undoubtedly two of the greatest heavyweight pugilists of all times. On one hand, the undefeated Fury currently holds the WBC and The Ring magazine titles, while Anthony Joshua is in the possession of the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO belts.
Both the boxers have dominated several impending names in the weight division, but are yet to face each other in the ring to settle the answer to the biggest question- who is the better heavyweight of the two Brits.
Nonetheless, the heavyweight Hall of Famer Mike Tyson, who is slated to face Roy Jones Jr this Saturday for an 8-round exhibition fight, picks The Gypsy King over AJ, stating that the latter is quite predictable in the ring.
A recipe for a disaster: Mike Tyson reasons choosing Fury over Joshua
The former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world recently made an appearance on the No Passion No Point podcast, where he hailed Tyson Fury as the “Messiah” for his followers. Nonetheless, Tyson also explained why Fury has the upper hand against Joshua.
“It’s very interesting about Joshua,” the 54-year-old said, “he’s a masterful puncher but you can see his punches coming. That’s just a recipe for a disaster when fighting Tyson Fury telegraphing your punches to a guy who’s 6ft 7ins.”
“Tyson Fury is a fan fighter. The fans are in love with him. In England, Anthony Joshua is a big thing but Tyson Fury has got the people now. They follow him like he’s the Messiah,” added Tyson.
Furthermore, Tyson also opened up on the criticism that the heavyweight division has faced over the years being named the ‘bad’ weight class, terming it as jealousy.
“Iron Mike” went on, “I think there’s a lot of great heavyweights in the division,” said Tyson. “Anyone that says it’s a bad division, they’re just jealous.”
In the end, Tyson emphasised that he desires to see multiple bouts between Fury and Joshua. “I want to see these guys fight each other over and over again. They’re great fighters,” Tyson concluded.