Mike Tyson has advised Anthony Joshua to make improvements to his game – while labelling Tyson Fury “a monster”.
Tyson is making his return to the ring later this month when he takes on fellow veteran Roy Jones Jr in an eight-round exhibition fight.
The former undisputed heavyweight world champion will fight for the first time since 2005 and is often compared to today’s elite.
And of Fury, he told ESPN : “I think he’s very good. He looks like he’s not intimidating, but he’s really elusive, he really knows how to box, he’s really smart and he’s really difficult to hit and he’s 7-foot, damn near. He’s a monster.”
Tyson was less effusive about Joshua who holds three world titles and will take on Fury next year assuming both men win their planned fights next month.
“I don’t think he’s a paper champion. I just think he’s a big guy… it’s hard to fight being that big,” he said.
“It’s very difficult being that big and having to fight a smaller guy … that guy could learn some more. He could be taught some more stuff.”
Tyson also had words of advice for deposed world champion Deontay Wilder who has struggled to cope with his brutal defeat by Fury earlier this year.
Wilder was due to take on Fury for a third time this year but coronavirus has put paid to their trilogy bout.
Fury has now walked away from the fight and will instead take on Agit Kabayel next month – although Wilder has begun legal action.
And Tyson added: “When Wilder gets his head out of his butt, he’s good. Wilder just gotta stop internalizing stuff, this guy is great.
“Just keep on fighting. Fight [Fury] again; fight him a third time. Whenever you have an opportunity to fight for the title, he should fight.
“We can only do this for a certain amount of time in our life, and then we can’t do it anymore. So we have to do it as much as we can before we end this stuff.”