Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has once again voiced his opinions on the imminent Oleksandr Usyk-Anthony Joshua Rematch.
Usyk, a former undisputed cruiserweight champion, beat Joshua in convincing fashion back in September last year to clinch the WBA Super, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
The two meet again in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia this Saturday – in what is undoubtedly the most important fight of Joshua’s career to date.
Mike Tyson knows a thing or two about career defining fights, winning his first 19 fights by knockout before picking up his first world title aged 20 with a two-round demolition of Trevor Berbick in 1986. That victory meant he become the youngest ever boxer to win a heavyweight title, a record that still stands.
Tyson had previously praised Joshua’s courage for taking on Usyk again and said the former champ has “so much damn potential”.
Whilst on an Instagram live with Mario Lopez, ‘Iron’ Mike once again spoke about the fight and feels that AJ has an extremely tough night ahead of him as he attempts to become a three-time heavyweight champion:
“It’s gonna be hard to beat him
“It’s gonna be hard to beat Usyk because he’s fast and he out punched Joshua with his jab.
“Joshua has to learn to deal with the jab.
“They’re the only things he couldn’t handle, he couldn’t handle his jab and his movement.”
As like many have been commenting, the former ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ went on to suggest that Joshua needs apply constant pressure in the rematch:
“He’s too fast for Joshua.
“Joshua has to put a lot of pressure on him and keep it on him all night.
“He’s a powerful puncher, but he’s not as accurate – you’ve gotta be accurate against a guy like that.
“Because he moves so much, the jab is educated and he just outsmarts the guy.”
Joshua has brought in Robert Garcia to join Angel Fernandez in his corner, with many expecting that new relationship to bring out a more aggressive ‘AJ’ on Saturday.