Mike Tyson has revealed he has fresh doubts about the pedigree of Anthony Joshua after the Brit became the WBO, IBF and WBA (Super) champion.
Joshua defeated Joseph Parker on points in his first 12-round fight as a pro, but the former knockout king failed to spark against the New Zealander. The 28-year-old won virtually every round against Parker, but his display was criticised by the likes of Tyson Fury, who claimed the unification fight was
Deontay Wilder releases statement on fighting Anthony Joshua in the UK exclusive’James DeGale needs to change’: Badou Jack backs Caleb Truax to beat Brit in rematchAnd Tyson seems to think Joshua’s performance fell flat and admitted he was not so convinced by AJ’s credentials. ‘Joshua looked like he was the guy to [become undisputed champion] but in his last fight, he did not impress me,’ Tyson told Showtime.
The win added the WBO strap to his world title collection Joshua is now on the hunt to secure the final major world title, with WBC champion Deontay Wilder the only other remaining belt holder.
Wilder has called for a unification fight with Joshua and insisted he is ready to come to the UK to take on the three-belt world champion. Tyson has refused to back either Wilder of Joshua, but did make a bold prediction for the pairing. It will be a knockout. Somebody is getting knocked out.’ Wilder has been pursuing a bout with Joshua for several months, with both teams blaming the other side for the failure to reach an agreement.
The American is now prepared to cross into enemy territory and believes the fight needs to happen as soon as possible. Reaction after Joshua beat ‘When Eddie [Hearn] wants an end-of-the-year fight, what he’s trying to do is put another fight in place before getting to me,’ said Wilder. ‘What makes sense to me, and the entire world, is having a summer fight [and then] a rematch end-of-the-year fight. ‘I go over to England, whoop AJ and at the end of the year we come to Vegas – or wherever makes sense – and have a great Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. That sounds beautiful.’