As ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson gets ready for his showdown with Roy Jones Jr this weekend he gives his opinion on the two current British heavyweight world champions, Oscar De La Hoya considers working with the UFC and Carl Frampton has some sage advice for any young fighters struggling during Covid. Here are five boxing stories you may have missed this week…
Mike Tyson Give Eddie Hearn His Honest Opinion On Anthony Joshua
Heavyweight legend Mike Tyson might be gearing up for a sensational return to the ring against fellow icon Roy Jones Jr this weekend, but that hasn’t stopped ‘the Baddest Man on the Planet’ from weighing in with his opinion on the two current heavyweight champions, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.
Speaking to Eddie Hearn on the promoter’s podcast, ‘No Passion, No Point’, Tyson said of AJ, "Joshua's a masterful puncher, but you can see his punches coming. He telegraphs his punches, that's just a recipe for disaster if you're fighting Fury. Telegraphing your punches for a guy who's 6ft 7ins? Come on."
He was much more complimentary about the ‘Gypsy King,’ who was of course named after the 54-year-old, and told Hearn that he believes Fury is a man of the people, "Tyson Fury is the fan's fighter. The fans are in love with him, he has the momentum now. In England, Anthony Joshua is a big thing. But Fury, he's got the people now. That's the truth. They're following him like he's the messiah."
John Fury Bets David Haye £1m That His Son Beats AJ
Speaking of Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury, Tyson’s dad John is certainly feeling confident in his son’s chances when the two do eventually meet in the ring (fingers crossed, next year) - in fact, he’s so confident that he was even prepared to bet £1M with former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye over the outcome.
Speaking on the latest episode of BT Sport’s Lockdown Knockdown show, Haye said of AJ, “If anyone on the planet is able to somehow find a way to beat Mr Invincible…”
Something that John took exception to, retorting, “I know you’re having a bit of a go there. He is Mr Invincible. How much do you want to put down on it? Shall we start with £1 million? And I’ll give you 2/1, how’s that? He is Mr Invincible because he’s proved it.”
Haye though, perhaps wisely, refused to make the bet with John.
Oscar De La Hoya Willing To Work With UFC Boss Dana White
Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya and UFC head honcho Dana White haven’t always got along well with one another, but that could change with De La Hoya seemingly welcoming White into the world of boxing to work alongside him.
Speaking to Sirius XM, the former six-weight world champion said, "I actually urge Dana White to try and do something with the sport of boxing, why not? I actually wouldn't mind sitting down with Dana White and figuring something out. Imagine that, UFC and Golden Boy partnering up and taking boxing by storm." Watch this space.
Gennady Golovkin Returns With Middleweight Record In His Sights
IBF world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is set to make his return to the ring for the first time this year when he takes on mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta in Hollywood on December 18, and the Kazakhstan-native has a piece of middleweight history in his sights.
GGG’s fight against Szeremeta is unlikely to get many fans too excited and is little more than tune-up in reality, but if the 38-year-old does win as he almost certainly will, he will have made his 21st successful title defence at middleweight, a new record. He’s currently equalled with Bernard Hopkins for the most-ever defences at 160lbs.
“This is not just any fight,” Golovkin said. “It is a fight with great meaning. I always have the greatest respect for all of my opponents. I have really missed boxing and I wanted to fight this year. The goal — fighting for a record 21st successful world title defense.”
Carl Frampton Urges Young Boxers To Persist Despite Covid Challenges
The Covid pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the world of sport and boxing has been no different with many amateur clubs in the UK being forced to close their doors.
Former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton is now encouraging any young fighters out there who might consider quitting the sport over the challenges it now faces, to persist and acknowledges that he might have quit the sport had he faced the Covid restrictions as a teenager.
Speaking Radio 5 Live, the man from Belfast said, “"At 14, I was as happy playing football as I was boxing," he told Radio 5 Live.
"I was always better at boxing but I loved football. I think if this [the coronavirus pandemic] had happened to me and I wasn't able to access the gym or access my coaching, then I'm pretty sure I would have focused on football
"It's a shame that this is happening, but it is important that the kids understand that it will get sorted some time soon, and hopefully these talented young kids will stick it out and go on to become world champions in the future."