Holyfield Praises The Abilities Of Fury, Joshua
As talks of the next big heavyweight fight commence, debates continue to rage on as to what era of boxing was the best. One fighter, who is looking to make a comeback, gave his take on two of the top champions in the sport today.
Evander Holyfield, who announced his intention to return to the ring for the first time since 2011, spoke with Sky Sports about WBC and lineal Champion Tyson Fury. He also talked about a fighter who has the best skills in the sport in IBF, WBA, and WBO Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua. While he believes Joshua’s skills are better, the unknown when it comes to Fury makes him a fascinating fighter.
“Tyson Fury. He can fight! The difference in people is how hard they work,” Holyfield stated. “Joshua may be the better boxer of all of them but, with Fury, you never know.
“He has long arms and throws shots that you don’t see. He can make adjustments.”
Fury and Joshua have had talks to fight one another sometime this year to become the undisputed heavyweight champion. The former has been through a lot in his career, from suspensions to weight cuts. Going through a new trainer, Fury (30-1-1) was able to take out Deontay Wilder with ease in their February rematch. On the other side, Joshua was able to make adjustments and avenge a loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. back in December.
When he was young and active, Holyfield was considered an underdog. Holyfield compared himself to Fury when it comes to proving people wrong.
“Boxing is mental – it’s about who is stronger in the mind, that outweighs physical things,” Holyfield went on to say. “People thought they could beat me because of how I look. With Fury, he doesn’t look like he can do it but he keeps proving that he can.”
Something stopping a fight between Joshua and Fury from happening appears to be their planned bouts: Fury and Wilder in a trilogy bout, Joshua a championship bout against Kubrat Pulev. Due to the coronavirus, it is unknown how concrete those plans are.
Holyfield (44-10-2, 1NC) has been teasing a fight against Mike Tyson, who also announced his return to the ring. While people see the two and think of Tyson biting Holyfield’s ear, there is a bond that can’t be broken between the fighters.
“People don’t understand the relationship I have with Tyson… When Tyson became heavyweight champion of the world, it made me realize that I could do it,” Holyfield stated. “I appreciate that somebody went before me. Mike beat up the big guys. If he could do it, I could do it.”