Mike Tyson’s big fears for Anthony Joshua in Tyson Fury fight despite love of AJ

Mike Tyson believes Tyson Fury is “too elusive” for Anthony Joshua in a worrying prediction for AJ.

Heavyweight champions Fury and Joshua have signed a mega-contract for two fights, with the first hopefully taking place this summer.

Both boxers will put their titles on the line in an undisputed clash though venue and dates are still to be confirmed.

Though when the pair do meet, heavyweight legend Tyson believes Fury’s win over Deontay Wilder last February gives the Gypsy King an advantage.

“I f****** love Joshua, but I think Tyson is too elusive," Tyson told Haute Living. "He's not going to be able to hit him.

"I like Joshua a lot, and maybe he punches harder than Wilder, but he doesn't punch faster than Wilder.

“And if he doesn't punch faster than Wilder he's not going to f****** touch this guy.

"That's just what I see. If Tyson Fury can get away from Wilder's fast punches, Joshua might be in trouble."

While Tyson believes Fury is the favourite, current heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte is not so sure.

Whyte, who fights Alexander Povetkin on Saturday, wrote for the BBC: “Joshua is strong, has good speed and he's shown resilience coming back when he's been hurt against other fighters.

“Against Andy Ruiz he got knocked out, but he showed versatility second time around in the rematch, not taking any chances.

“Fury is very slick, has good reflexes and good movement for a big guy, but I'm not sure if he's physically stronger. But he is taller and weighs more and has got more reach.

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  • “He's one of those guys that you think he's about to lose a fight, but then he comes back. He's overcome adversity and he's beaten guys in fashions that you didn't think he would have done.

    “He draws with Deontay Wilder and then he says he is going to knock him out next time and he does. He went from a backfoot defensive fighter to a front foot offensive fighter.

    “In my opinion it's a 50/50 fight because they have a lot of similarities and they can both adapt and modify their styles depending on their opponent, so it's very difficult to say who will win.

    “It could be really exciting or it could be really boring where they try to be too technical and one is waiting for the other. I can't wait though.”

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