Mike Tyson weighs in on Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury ahead of blockbuster clash

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Mike Tyson has declared his love for Anthony Joshua and he reckons the Brit is a harder puncher than Deontay Wilder. However, the former heavyweight champion fears that power alone will not be enough to take down Tyson Fury when the Battle of Britain takes place this summer.

Joshua and Fury have put pen to paper on a two-fight deal, with the first to take place in June or July.

A venue has also yet to be decided but both boxers have agreed to a 50-50 split of the purse, with the victor having a favourable 60-40 split of the rematch.

Fury became world champion for a second time when he beat Wilder for the WBC strap last year.

Joshua will put his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles on the line for the unification bout.

But Fury’s slippery boxing style has him ahead of Joshua, according to the legendary Tyson.

“I f****** love Joshua, but I think Tyson [Fury] 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.”

Dillian Whyte, who faces Alexander Povetkin on Saturday night, is hoping to face the winner of Joshua vs Fury.

He said: “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.

“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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