Mike Tyson claims Anthony Joshua AND Oleksandr Usyk had a ‘bad night’ during heavyweight battle in London as boxing great mocks claims either fighter could have beaten him in his prime
- Mike Tyson was left unimpressed with Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk
- The wily Ukrainian, 34, outfoxed Joshua, 31, to become heavyweight champion
- However, Tyson, 55, claims that both heavyweights had a ‘bad night’ in London
- The former champion rubbished the notion that either man could have beat him
Mike Tyson was left unimpressed by the performances of both Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk following their heavyweight battle in London, with the boxing great rubbishing claims either fighter would have beaten him in his prime.
Joshua’s second reign as heavyweight champion came to an end on Saturday night with the British star having no answer for Usyk’s elusive movement and surgical precision over 12 rounds in Tottenham.
The Ukrainian, 34, won huge acclaim for his masterclass on away soil, with few giving AJ any chance of reclaiming his belts should a rematch come to fruition.
Mike Tyson says both Anthony Joshua (R) and Oleksandr Usyk (L) performed badly on Saturday
However, former heavyweight king Tyson has taken to Twitter to dismiss the credentials of both fighters, claiming both had a ‘bad day’ despite the clear gulf in class.
‘After watching the Joshua vs Usyk fight, maybe they had a bad day that night,’ the 55-year-old tweeted to his 5.6million followers. ‘From that performance do you really think they could have beat me in my prime?’
Joshua admitted that he failed to deliver a top performance on Saturday, however the 31-year-old insisted his inability to cause Usyk problems was due to failings on his part.
Usyk, 34, served a boxing masterclass to outpoint Joshua and take home his heavyweight titles
However, boxing legend Tyson said both fighters had a ‘bad day’ in a damning review
‘I never tend to look at the opponent. I just tend to look at myself and realise where I went wrong,’ Joshua said.
‘So it’s not so much what he done, it’s the opportunities that I gave him. It’s not so much him. I’m just going to go back and look at myself and correct my wrongs.
‘I’m a different kind of animal. I’m not a sulker. This is a blessed opportunity, to be able to fight for the heavyweight title of the world, fight good fighters time and time again and for people to come out.
Tyson also rubbished the notion that either fighter could have beaten him in his prime
‘I’m not going to be going home and be crying about it, because this is war. It’s a long process. This isn’t just one fight and then I’m done.
‘I’m going back to look at way that I can improve. Straight away, I’ve already been watching the fight and thinking “I could’ve done that better”.’
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, revealed that a rematch is being targeted for early 2022, after seeing hopes of a Tyson Fury mega-fight slip away.
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