Mike Tyson has predicted he would lose to Muhammad Ali in a ‘real fight’ after Anthony Joshua backed ‘Iron Mike’ against ‘the Greatest’.
Fight fans have long debated who would win between two of the most exciting heavyweights in the history of boxing and EA Sports and World Boxing Super Series recently pitted Ali against Tyson in a virtual tournament, with the latter coming out victorious.
Joshua made his call due to Tyson’s similarities to Joe Frazier, but the heavyweight himself regards Ali as the best fighter of all time. Asked for his own prediction, Tyson told Yahoo Sports: ‘I know it’s a fantasy game.
‘Most likely I would win the fantasy, I wouldn’t win the real fight. Ali’s the greatest there’s ever been.’ Joshua was quizzed by JD Sports about the fantasy clash and detailed why he thought Tyson would edge it.
‘It’s quite interesting because in the era of Muhammad Ali’s heavyweight reign, the heavyweights were ranked as the cruiserweights of the Mike Tyson era,’ he said.
‘With Lennox Lewis, you know how they started getting bigger, hence why in the amateurs they then created a super-heavyweight division. ‘The current heavyweight division in the amateurs is what we class as the cruiserweight division. ‘So Muhammad Ali wouldn’t have been a fully fledged heavyweight. ‘So let’s say we bulked Muhammad Ali up and put size and strength to him, I truly believe Mike Tyson would’ve won.
‘The reason being when you watch the fight with Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, you see a certain Tyson-esque to Frazier’s style. ‘Tyson used to study that Joe Frazier. The moving, the hooks. He managed to put Ali down in the fight, it was a very tough fight for Ali. ‘And I just believe Mike Tyson was better schooled, times have evolved, Mike Tyson was more developed. More science, more information. ‘So I think that Mike Tyson would’ve won, in my humble opinion.’