Two-time world boxing heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua has said that Mike Tyson would have beaten Muhammad Ali, described as “The Greatest”, in a match.
Joshua stated this in an Instagram Live Q&A hosted by one of his key partners, JD, describing ‘Iron Mike’ as the Greatest of All Time.
The British-Nigerian boxer said, “It’s quite interesting because in the era of Muhammad Ali’s heavyweight reign, the heavyweights were ranked as a cruiserweight (in terms of weight).
“(But with the likes) of Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes, George Foreman, Lennox Lewis (era), they started getting bigger.
“Hence why, in the amateurs, they then created a super heavyweight division so the current heavyweight division in the amateurs is what we (now) class as the cruiserweight division.
“Muhammad Ali went from light-heavyweight and moved his way up but he wouldn’t have been a fully-fledged heavyweight.
“Let’s say we bulked Muhammad Ali up and put size and strength to him. I truly believe Mike Tyson would have won.”
Joshua’s prediction comes on the back of a victory for Tyson over Ali in a recent computerised World Boxing Super Series finale.
Explaining his point, the 30-year-old noted, “The reason being, when you watch the fight with Joe Frazier and Ali, you see certain Tyson-esque to Joe Frazier’s style.
“Mike Tyson used to study that moving, hooks, hooks, and he (Frazier) managed to put Ali down in the fight.
“It was a very tough fight for Muhammad Ali. I just believe Mike Tyson was better schooled. Times had evolved, Mike Tyson was more developed, more science, more information.
“So yeah I think that Mike Tyson would have won, in my humble opinion.”