Mike Tyson has spoken out on what he wants to see from Antony Joshua and Tyson Fury.
Tyson, who is a former undisputed boxing heavyweight champion, is eager to see Joshua vs. Fury. Fight fans have been anticipating a title unification bout between the two. While both men agreed in principle to a fight, they still have some business to settle. Fury is due to meet Deontay Wilder a third time for “The Gypsy King’s” WBC Heavyweight title, while Joshua is expected to defend his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO gold against Kubrat Pulvev on December 12.
Tyson is well aware of the hype surrounding a potential showdown between Joshua and Fury. “Iron” Mike shared his thoughts on the matchup and what he hopes to see from both champions (via The Sun).
“They’re all exciting fighters, they’re all going to make a great deal of money but they just need to fight each other. Stop bull****ing and just fight each other. Fight each other a couple of times and when that stuff is over you guys can say, ‘Hey, listen, we did it our way.'”
If Joshua and Fury are able to make it past their next bouts, there’s also the potential roadblock with the WBO. Aleksandr Usyk has been named the mandatory challenger for the WBO Heavyweight Title. While fans are hoping for a true title unification bout with all major championships on the line, the WBO could either force Joshua vs. Usyk or stripped Joshua of the organization’s title.
There was a similar situation with the WBA. Dillian Whyte was the interim WBA Heavyweight Champion. Going into his fight with Alexander Povetkin, the WBA was set on forcing Joshua vs. Whyte. In the end, Whyte ended up suffering a fifth-round TKO loss to Povetkin, who does not have the same mandatory status.