ANTHONY JOSHUA has shunned talk that he might have been able to beat Mike Tyson had the two heavyweights been active at the same time.
Anthony Joshua does not think he is good enough to have beaten Mike Tyson in his prime
Tyson reigned as the unified, undisputed heavyweight champion of the world in the late 1980s and is regarded as one of the greatest fighters of all time.
Joshua meanwhile is just starting his career as a champion after beating Wladimir Klitschko to add the WBA belt to his own IBF title.
The Brit has been touted as having the ability to dominate the division but has shrugged off the suggestion that he might have been able to withstand Tyson’s power.
“Mike Tyson would have battered me!” Joshua said, laughing.
Anthony Joshua beat Wladimir Klitschko in a stunning 11th-round stoppage at Wembley Stadium to become unified heavyweight champion
“There was no way I could have taken on that guy. I would have taken that pay cheque.
“You know what I done against Klitschko in that 6th round when I took that dive? I’m joking.
“I would have taken a dive against Tyson. He was a beast.
“I give all credit and respect to Tyson. Even though Tyson is going on like 50 now, I still remember Tyson as the young, young 21-year-old.
Anthony Joshua beat Wladimir Klitschko in April to become a two-belt world champion
“He was that good and made such an impact in the sport of boxing.”
Joshua is currently awaiting his next fight, with Klitschko considering whether to activate a rematch clause.
If he does, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has already pencilled in November 11 at Las Vegas’ 20,000-capacity T-Mobile Arena as the date and the venue.
However, if the Ukrainian does turn down the opportunity, Joshua is likely to go chasing another belt with unbeaten American and WBC champion Deontay Wilder in his sights.