Mike Tyson is full of praise for Anthony Joshua

“It’s a phenomenal place and I would not change it for the world”.

“Floyd (Mayweather) is making a lot of money and we’ve got a lot of little guys fighting, but what they want to see is a heavyweight fight”.

Fury pulled off a huge upset when he outpointed Klitschko in Dusseldorf nearly 18 months ago to win a unanimous decision and become heavyweight champion and said he is not impressed by Joshua.

Fury pulled out of the fight a day after he took part of a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association random urine test, which ended up testing positive for cocaine.

“As for Vladimir, 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. Klitschko is 41 and no one has ever done that to him.

Joshua is 19 fights unbeaten courtesy of his stunning 11th round stoppage of Klitschko at Wembley at the weekend, and Fury was watching closely. And if I get £100m-£150m, why not go for the billion? Unfortunately, I don’t see either of those fights happening, especially the Ortiz fight.

“Boxing gives kids – like me, like Joshua – an outlet”.

Dominated by the Klitschko brothers, Wladamir and Vitali, boxing’s blue-riband division was devoid of excitement and struggled to capture a wider audience for more than a decade.

It didn’t help that everything was festooned with the letters BLAB, which I believe stands for Black Label, something to do with his sponsor, although he was probably just relieved they had abandoned plans for a new fuchsia line. That’s what boxing is all about, but most fighters just don’t have that hunger.

Joshua defended his heavyweight titles and his undefeated record in a bout that lived up to its billing as the best matchup after a long drought in the heavyweight division.

According to Barry Hearn, whose company Matchroom promotes Joshua, the first man to do so could be the Briton, who has himself talked up the idea.

By the end of the round, Kltschko had Joshua in trouble after landing a powerful left hook that rocked him, and in the following round he dropped Joshua with a crushing right hand.

“The main thing I like about what I’m doing is there is some kid who’s going to come up and be inspired about what we’re achieving and go on to do bigger and better things than we’re achieving”.

Title showdown Tyson Fury’s last fight was against Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015PATRICK STOLLARZ

 

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