A lot of boxing fans are catching up on old classic fights at the moment amid the Coronavirus lock down.
A time that has seen most people relegated to their homes.Boxing looks to be out completely until June at the very earliest.Likely it could be longer than that however.No one knows in truth.
In the meantime many fighters are discussing on social media different areas of the sport that they might normally not get the chance to.Current heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has spoke about one of the most famed fantasy fights.
What would have happened if a prime Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson fought one another?
Speaking on Instagram live Joshua said:
“Should we be really comparing two legends?”
He then began by saying:
“It’s quiet interesting because in the era of Muhammad Ali’s heavyweight reign the heavyweights of Tyson’s era were ranked like cruiser weights of the Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes, George Foreman eras. Lennox Lewis then. They kept getting bigger. Hence why in the amateurs they then created a super heavyweight division.”
He went on to say:
“So Muhammad Ali went from I think lightweight and moved his way up but he wouldn’t have been a fully fledged heavyweight. So, let’s say we bulked Muhammad Ali up and put size and strength to him. I truly believe Mike Tyson would have won. The reason being when you watch the Muhammad Ali fight with Joe Frazier you see certain (similarities) Tyson to Joe Frazier styles. You know, moving, moving. Hooks, hooks. He managed to put Muhammad Ali down in the fight. It was a very tough fight for Muhammad Ali.”
“I just believe Mike Tyson was better schooled because the time evolved. More developed. More science. More information. So I think Mike Tyson would have won in my humble opinion.”
A debate that will continue among fans for as long as the sport exists.As for Joshua, he is slated to take on Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev next up when the sport return.Time will tell when that is.One would hope in 2020.