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Mike Tyson insists he would have beaten both Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk

Mike Tyson believes that – after watching the heavyweight title bout between Anthony Joshua and Oleksnadr Usyk – he would have beaten both the fighters back in his prime

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Tyson Fury ‘absolutely wounded’ by Anthony Joshua’s loss to Oleksandr Usyk

Boxing great Mike Tyson has revealed he feels he would have defeated both Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk following their heavyweight fight in London last week.

Joshua found himself on home soil against his Ukrainian opponent however it was the latter who prevailed thanks to a boxing masterclass across all 12 rounds, in front of a 65,000 crowd at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

And, despite the clinic put on by Usyk to clinch the titles, Tyson believes he would have beaten the 34-year-old as well as the defeated Joshua.

He commented: “I’m not talking about any of their fights before this fight, but that night I‘d have beat them.”



Mike Tyson believes he could have beaten Oleksandr Uysk and Anthony Joshua
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The American also took to Twitter following the bout to share the same opinion, as he tweeted: “After watching Joshua vs Usyk fight, maybe they had a bad day that night. From that performance, do you really think they could have beat me in my prime?”

Despite the big occasion it was most definitely a night to forget for Joshua, who had no answers to Usyk’s masterclass in what became just his second defeat as a professional boxer.

Following the Englishman’s loss, Tyson believes his downfall was his speed, but he does have the time and ability on his side to react.

He added: “It was the speed more than anything that f***ed up Joshua. He started late, he’s still learning. He can still learn, he’s a baby.”



Mike Tyson believes Anthony Joshua is still learning
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As well as one of boxing’s greatest outlining his mistakes, Joshua himself has already noted down his errors following the defeat but believes there is no cause for concern.

The 31-year-old commented: “I’ve watched the fight, analysed my preparations and identified my mistakes. I’ve learnt my lesson. Don’t worry about me. My spirit is strong!”

Following the loss in London, Joshua will get the chance to regain his lost titles after promoter Eddie Hearn revealed there is a rematch clause.

As a result, Joshua later added that he would be looking to use the lessons learnt from his loss to help him succeed for the remainder of his career, with the rematch on the cards.



Usyk got the better of Joshua at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium




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The Englishman added: “If you look at it from a negative point of view, you’re never going to have that mindset that you can make a difference because you’re down anyway.

“But if you look at it from a positive point of view, and realise, ‘Yeah, I took a loss, But that’s a lesson, that’s a blessing. I can use it as fuel to get better and use it as fuel to right my wrongs.

You can only get better from there. So I’m not gonna hold myself down from the mistake I made, I’m only gonna uplift myself and say, ‘Actually, you know what?

That was a tough fight. But from that fight, I’m gonna go away, get my notepad out and find ways to improve.”


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