Mike Tyson To Joshua: “Do You Have Any Pride?”
Mike Tyson knows a thing or two about pride, and what it feels like to lose the world heavyweight championship against an underdog challenger.
Which is why he is the perfect person to help diagnose what Anthony Joshua will need to do to win back his unified world heavyweight titles from Andy Ruiz Jr.
“He made a mistake, got hurt, and s*** happens,” said Tyson on the Talkbox podcast. “He can win it back though. But his mind has to be right. “He ain’t gonna win it back if his mind’s f***ed up. His mind’s gotta be right, he’s gotta dedicate his life to doing this. He’s gotta stay away from himself.
“When we go training, we go away in the mountains, we’re staying away from ourself and our thoughts. “In the mountains away from everybody, just the animals and the woods and stuff. You’re facing your demons alone. His spirits appear well to you, but in his mind… what’s going on in his mind?
“This stage in life is really what makes them,” Tyson said of this generation of fighters.
“Because they already have money now. Now it’s all about: Who are you? Now you’re dealing with adversity, who are you? What are you gonna do now? PRIDE “Are you gonna lay down now? And say, ‘Hey, I don’t want any more’. Do you stay down and give it up? Or do you believe in it? You got any f***ing pride, n***a? What do you believe in? Do you believe in your ancestors? Your mother, your father, your kids? What do you believe in? “What have you got to fight for? And then it’s up to him, I don’t believe in s*** maybe. I’ve got money. I don’t believe in any of this s***. And that’s cool too, if it’s not who you are.”
What do you make of Tyson’s thoughts on Joshua and where he stands heading into a rematch with Ruiz this fall?
Initial Report: World Boxing News