Mike Tyson: Joshua would be a tough fight for me and I hope Fury returns

Alex Rea 6/05/2017
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Mike Tyson sat down for an exclusive chat with Sport360 reporter Alex Rea.

You can read the full interview with ‘Iron Mike’ HERE.

But there was more from the interview we didn’t want you to miss out on. Here’s more from Mike:

Prime Tyson v prime Joshua

“I would just go forward, moving my head, be aggressive and hope something happens. But he’s big, too! It would be very interesting though.”

On Tyson Fury…

“He’s a character and I hope he turns out well because I heard he wasn’t doing too good.

“That’s the thing when you become champ. No one really knew Tyson Fury outside the boxing world but when you go from that to being the heavyweight champ of the world, you lose your mind and I can understand that. I hope he comes back.”

On Deontay Wilder…

“He’s improved a lot but he’s not of that quality yet, he won’t be able to take that heat. Soon as he starts throwing them combinations he ain’t going to take that power. One round, two rounds, it’s just not going to happen.”

On May/Mac..

“I don’t give McGregor a chance. Him boxing Floyd doesn’t make it interesting. If he fought with MMA rules and Floyd boxing, now that would have been interesting.

“Now that would have genuine intrigue and we’d wonder who is going to win but right now it’s like this (squashing motion) but with those rules it’d be totally different.”

On launching his academy in Dubai…

“This is the place my business partner Fred Frenchy decided to bring me this deal and he thought it would be a good idea to open this academies in the UAE to begin with

“At first I didn’t think it would be a good idea, I said ‘really you think so Frenchy?’ but he knows what he is talking about because he’s sold a bunch of franchises and he was doing really well.”

Transition from Baddest Man on the Planet to doting tennis dad…

“Yeah, yeah, It can be difficult but it’s good.

“My daily routine these days is to get up in the morning, work out, wash the kids, feed the kids, take them to school, stay on my phone so I can get my business done and then pick the kids up. I take the kids to tennis and take them to Jump World.”

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Tyson: New heavyweight champion Joshua can help bring fights to the UAE

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Mike Tyson, who launched the Mike Tyson Academy (MTA) in Dubai on Thursday, feels the UAE could host a huge fight in the future - but he admits it would need the backing and appearance of star Anthony Joshua to make it a success.

Tyson - who became the youngest heavyweight champion in the world aged just 20 in 1986 - is bringing his latest fitness venture to the UAE - and will soon be opening a franchise of the worldwide MTAs in either Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

And having chosen the UAE as the launchpad for the new fitness centres that will based on the New York-born star's famed commitment to hard work and discipline in the ring, he is confident it is the perfect part of the world to host a big night of boxing.

But, he feels, it would need rising star Joshua to make an appearance in the UAE - with the Emirates being familiar to the 27-year-old who trained in Dubai recently in preparation for his epic win over Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley last Saturday.
He said: "It has to be done here one day - once it's done, especially if the new champion Joshua comes here - this will be a main hub for boxing. It just has to be done once with the right person and I believe Joshua is the right person (to help bring boxing to the UAE)."



"Why not Dubai? It's a good place to launch my academy and it's become very established - where else would you have it (my academy)? Dubai needs it and it will be awesome for the city.

"My hope is to be able to pass on the best trainings I've gained to the next generation of athletes. Through the Mike Tyson Academy, and the support of all these international entities that share our goal, these fitness centres will be available for the global community to use and take advantage of."

The 50-year-old added: "I'm extremely grateful to be part of it and excited for it to positively contribute to the fitness journey of our clients."

For more information about the Mike Tyson Academy - which will see a new brand of fitness centres under the legend's name open in the Middle East, US, Australia and other destinations, visit www.miketysonacademy.com.

Look out for our full and exclusive video interview with Tyson on Sport360.com on Saturday.




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Joshua puts heavyweight division on notice

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World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua says he could take out his rivals in the top division “one by one” following his sensational victory over Vladimir Klitschko.

Joshua, 27, stopped Klitschko in the 11th round of Saturday’s Wembley super-fight to add the vacant WBA and IBO titles to his IBF crown.

He has offered Klitschko a rematch and also has his eyes on an-all British clash with Tyson Fury, who has not fought since spectacularly dethroning Klitschko in November 2015.

“If it works out for my career, I’ll definitely relish the challenge against Tyson Fury or anyone else for that matter,” Joshua wrote in a column for the London Evening Standard newspaper published on Tuesday.

“Fury has come from the ground up. He’s an ordinary guy who has achieved great things. He’s back in training and he’s getting into shape and that’s good for boxing, so I hope that he comes back to his very best.”

“The fans want the Fury fight and I do, too.”

Fury, 28, has claimed he could beat Joshua “with one arm tied behind my back”.

The self-proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’ has relinquished his titles and had his boxing licence revoked after revealing he is battling mental health problems.

On the prospect of fighting Fury, Joshua said “it feels that we’re heading in that direction”.

“I like to entertain and if that’s a fight that will bring entertainment to the sport again, then I would love to be involved,” added Joshua, nicknamed ‘AJ’.

“If I have to go through everyone in the division, then great. I am not hearing, ‘Let’s see Fury v (Deontay) Wilder or Wilder v (Joshua) Parker.’ It’s always, ‘We want AJ versus Wilder, Fury and Parker.’

“So if I have to go through the division to keep it entertaining, then that’s what we’ll do — take them out one by one.”

Joshua said his victory over Klitschko, in which he overcame a sixth-round knockdown, showed he “can knock anyone out”.

“As for Wladimir, I’ve got the ultimate respect for him in and out of the ring and, if he wants a rematch, I’d have no problem fighting him again,” Joshua said.

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