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Boxing: Don’t retire now fight Joshua, Tyson urges Wilder

Mike Tyson has revealed that he wants Deontay Wilder to keep fighting and take on Anthony Joshua, rather than retire from boxing.

The pair have been tipped for a potential heavyweight super fight since AJ joined Wilder as a world champion in 2016.

Negotiations to try and make the fight a reality failed on several occasions between 2017 and 2019, with Wilder since losing to Fury twice and AJ now being dethroned by Usyk.

Regardless of their defeats, most fans would still welcome a match-up between the pair, including former undisputed king Tyson.

“I think Deontay Wilder should fight some other guys,” Tyson told Club Shay Shay, amid talk his fellow American could now retire.

“He’ll do good, I just don’t want him to get discouraged.

“He should be very happy and be ready to fight somebody else right away.”

Regarding AJ as a potential opponent for Wilder, Tyson said: “I would love to see that fight, yes.

“They’re gonna be winging. There ain’t gonna be much style, they’re gonna be winging.”

Tyson was then quizzed about what Wilder needed to do in order to have beaten Fury in their fights.

When asked how he’d take on Fury himself, Tyson said: “That would be tough, but there were guys that dropped him that were lighter than me.

“Who was the gentleman that dropped him? The former cruiserweight champ.

“He’s not a harder puncher than I am – I’m able to hurt the big guys.”

The fighter Tyson is referring to is Steve Cunningham, who floored Fury on his US debut in 2013.

On how he’d attempt to negotiate Fury’s reach, Tyson said: “I’ll try my best and do whatever ever I know how to do.”

Regarding how he’d advise Wilder to fight Fury, Iron Mike added: “Go in with your jab. He has to go all out for 12 rounds with him.

“He can’t give him no room to punch, he has to go all out for 12 rounds.

“He can’t give him no time by moving around, can’t allow him to think.

“He allows Tyson Fury to think a lot, he gives him a lot of time.”

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