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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Joshua vs Klitschko: Potential opponents from Fury to Bellew

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Anthony Joshua established himself as the world’s leading heavyweight when he stopped Wladimir Klitschko in 11 rounds at Wembley.

Adding the WBA belt to his IBF title, the 27-year-old overcame his biggest threat and will become even more of a target for his rivals.

Here, we look at five potential opponents for his next fight.

DEONTAY WILDER

A fight between Joshua and America’s WBC heavyweight champion Wilder, 31, would likely prove the richest in the heavyweight division.

The combination of two charismatic, explosive punchers would appeal both in the UK and the US, but may have such commercial potential that they would choose to delay until next summer.

Wilder was ringside at Wembley, but has also been linked to fighting Tony Bellew.

JOSEPH PARKER

New Zealand’s WBO champion Parker carries less threat and appeal than Wilder but also represents less of a risk.

The 25-year-old had been scheduled to fight Tyson Fury’s cousin Hughie until injury ruled the challenger out, and is one of only two fighters against which a unification match-up could be made.

WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO

The 41-year-old has already revealed he has a rematch clause he can take advantage of, and that only another showdown with Joshua is capable of convincing him to fight on.

Joshua has also already said he would be willing to fight the Ukrainian again, but beyond financial gain there seems little benefit for the champion.

Having already beaten him so entertainingly, Klitschko represents a high-risk, low-reward opponent.

TYSON FURY

Immediately after his defeat of Klitschko, Joshua called out the fighter who is quickly becoming his biggest rival.

The 28-year-old Fury unsurprisingly responded on Twitter, writing “challenge accepted”.

Both seem confident of victory and willing to fight each other, both have beaten Klitschko and both represent the other’s most intriguing opponent within the UK.

Fury’s biggest challenge could yet come in regaining his boxing licence amid his struggles with depression.

TONY BELLEW

The former WBC cruiserweight champion’s unexpected defeat of David Haye has given him far more appeal in the heavyweight division than any would have predicted.

He seems incapable of providing Joshua with much of a test, but the money involved in fighting the champion will become such that any potential offers will be tempting.

A match-up between the two is also straightforward to make, given they are both promoted by Matchroom.

The biggest question may be whether Matchroom would rather use the 34-year-old Liverpudlian to further build Wilder’s reputation before the American eventually fights Joshua.

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