Candidate Anthony Joshua attends a press conference for Ruiz against Joshua 2 at Capitale in New York on September 5, 2019 – Heavyweight Champion Andy Ruiz Jr. promised on Wednesday that history would be repeated if he battled Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia's controversial rematch in December (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP)
MANILA, Philippines – Like some of the largest teams in NBA history competing against each other in hypothetical showdowns, boxing has a lot of dream battles that persist as such.
And with sports that were shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, the World Boxing Super Series recently hosted a fantasy tournament in which Mike Tyson won the heavyweight title against the late great Muhammad Ali – a result that many have won not well received
However, heavyweight boxing champ Anthony Joshua has no concerns that "Iron Mike" defeats "The Greatest" by decision.
"The reason is that when you watch the fight between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, you see a certain Tyson-like style to Frazier's style," said Joshua (23-1), the IBF, WBA, WBO has an IBO belt in an interview with JD Sports, as published on boxingscene.com. "Tyson studied this Joe Frazier … the movement, the hook."
“He (Frazier) managed to knock Ali down in battle [first]it was a very tough fight for Ali. And I just think Mike Tyson was better trained, times have moved on. Mike Tyson was more developed, more science, more information, so I think Mike Tyson would have won in my humble opinion. "
Frazier and Ali had one of the largest trilogies in sports, the first winning the first and the second winning the other two, the last of which was held on October 1, 1975 at the Araneta Coliseum and nicknamed "Thrilla in Manila. "
Frazier and Tyson have similar styles, with both having immense strength behind their punches, and the two are also similarly built, with Smokin & # 39; Joe standing at 5-feet-11½ and only 1.5 inches taller than Iron Mike is.
Ali meanwhile stood at 6-foot-3.
Another reason Joshua said was the size of the fighters in Tyson's era compared to Ali's.
Joshua said that Tyson had to fight the larger and heavier heavyweights compared to Ali who fought fighters who were classified as cruiserweights in the current era.
"It's pretty interesting because in the era of Muhammad Ali's heavyweight rule, the heavyweights were classified as the Mike Tyson era cruiserweights. With Lennox Lewis you know how they got better, which is why they started a super heavyweight division among amateurs Joshua said.
"Muhammad Ali would not have been a full heavyweight. Suppose we brought Muhammad Ali together and gave him size and strength. I really believe that Mike Tyson would have won."
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