Anthony Joshua fires warning to Mike Tyson about trying to regain the heavyweight crown

ANTHONY JOSHUA has admitted Mike Tyson’s training videos ahead of his comeback make him look like he is going to “rule heavyweight division”.

However, he warned Iron Mike not to get carried away and think about taking him on.


Tyson has shed SIX STONE for his boxing return to face Roy Jones Jr after piling it on from booze and cocaine binges.

The boxing veterans, who have a combined age of 105, will lock horns in California on September 12 in an eight-round exhibition showdown.

Fans have been whipped into frenzy over the magnificent condition of Tyson at 54 after he shared numerous clips of him on the pads and bag.

The WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO title holder admitted he was impressed by the Baddest Man on the Planet - but he insists he could not compete at the top level again.

He told Sky Sports: “You’ve seen a clip on social media so you think, ‘he’s back in action, he’s fighting fit’, but it’s like one of the old footballers doing a crossbar challenge.

“Mike Tyson hitting the pads with that ferocious behaviour is just second nature to him.

“To someone watching from home it looks like this guy is going to come and rule the heavyweight division.”

Jones Jr, 51, last fought two years ago while Tyson stepped into the ring last in 2005.

And Joshua says he has no problem wit the veterans climbing back between the ropes but says the former world champ should not even contemplate trying to take on one of the current kings in the heavyweight division.

He said: “I think it’s for a passion from them both, it’s what they’ve known.

“Mike Tyson has been fighting since he was like 13 years old, Roy Jones, his dad pushed him to become a great.

“Good luck to them both, it’s all they know.”

AJ added: “They haven’t got to do it to compete with the young lions in the division now.

“We’re bigger, we’re stronger, sports science has improved so there is more technology.

“The whole sporting world has kind of developed.

“If Mike Tyson wants to come back and fight someone from his era for the love of the sport, crack on, I wish them well.”

Joshua did previously predict Tyson would go the distance with him.

He said: “I don’t want to say anything because I love Mike Tyson, he would land a few left hooks and body shots but we would go the distance.

“His age would show but we would be pushing and shoving, he is in my top-three.”

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