Tony Bellew makes bold Mike Tyson claim as he reacts to Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury announcement and explains why he believes AJ will win
Tony Bellew has told talkSPORT 2 that Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury are getting close to Mike Tyson’s level of superstardom.
On Monday, Eddie Hearn officially confirmed that both men have signed their contracts for an undisputed heavyweight title showdown this year.
Bellew reacted on Fight Night Extra on talkSPORT 2: “Anthony Joshua is I think on par with Canelo as the face of our sport.
“There’s not a bigger name in the sport than Anthony Joshua right now. He’s crossed over boundaries, he’s now a face amongst the big sporting names.
“This guys could draw in a 100,000 crowd. He’s phenomenal and Tyson Fury is the king of comebacks.
“His story with the mental health issues – it’s just unbelievable that he came back. It’s fantastic what he’s done.
“To put it purely into context, it’s all of the belts on the line. This is what the boxing world needs…
“The most recognisable face in the history of sport has to be Muhammad Ali, that’s a boxer.
“These guys now have the opportunity to take boxing back to that magnitude, back to that level.
“Because it hasn’t been taken there since Mike Tyson.
“Mike Tyson is the last polarising figure that really set the world alight with the marketing and everyone wanted a piece of him.
“Anthony Joshua’s getting to that level of what Mike Tyson was, and Tyson Fury is slowly catching up behind him.
“Make no mistake, these guys are mega stars.
“This is the biggest fight this country has ever seen and I’m so, so happy it’s happening.”
Regarding his prediction for the contest, Bellew reaffirmed his long-standing belief that AJ will emerge victorious.
The former WBC cruiserweight champion explained: “I just think styles make fights.
“I believe he is the only guy who has the tools to beat Tyson Fury.
“He’s the man who can get close enough, he’s the man who throws punches that are fast enough to land, he hits hard enough to drop him and hurt him.
“Nobody else in the world has the skillset that Anthony Joshua has.
“Nobody is technically at the same level as Anthony Joshua.
“I’m not saying he’s better than Tyson Fury – Tyson Fury is a better boxer than Anthony Joshua, but Anthony Joshua moves quicker than Tyson Fury.
“Anthony Joshua’s explosive power is bigger than Tyson Fury’s, Anthony Joshua’s combination punching is quicker than Tyson Fury’s.
“Tyson Fury is quicker with one punch, with the speed of the jab and the speed of the feet, but he is not faster with the combinations.
“I do think it’s got to happen inside the first six rounds for Anthony Joshua.
“If it doesn’t, I don’t think he beats him.
“Tyson Fury is very, very hard to work out, but I still stand by Anthony Joshua. I just think he will jump on him, he won’t care what’s coming back, and that’s the only way to beat Tyson Fury.”