Mike Tyson Names Deontay Wilder as Next Opponent for Anthony Joshua if Tyson Fury Fight Falls Apart

January 18, 2021 12:06 pm

Legendary heavyweight Mike Tyson has teased another potential heavyweight mega-fight. The famous boxer has called for Anthony Joshua to face former WBC champion Deontay Wilder if the Tyson Fury fight falls through.

Nov 28, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Mike Tyson (black trunks) is interviewed after his split draw against Roy Jones, Jr. (white trunks) during a heavyweight exhibition boxing bout for the WBC Frontline Belt at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Scarnici/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

All the talk over the last few weeks has been regarding the potential match-up between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. However, despite talks going on well, ‘Iron Mike’ has a plan-B for Joshua.

Speaking on the BELOW THE BELT with Brendan Schaub, Tyson addressed the situation at the summit of the heavyweight division. He then said, “If they [Tyson Fury-Anthony Joshua] don’t fight, I think Joshua should fight Wilder… in between.”

‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ then gave a hint that he would fancy Wilder in that fight. “I think Wilder’s gonna do pretty good at that,” said Tyson. He explained how Joshua is not as slick and loose as Fury and said also said Fury is a, “fu**ing monster, ten-foot, and awkward.” 

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Why does Mike Tyson want the Deontay Wilder-Anthony Joshua fight?

Tyson is an old-fashioned fighter who wanted to fight anybody and everybody. In his time there was no place for ‘ducking’ fighters, especially when he was at the top of the heavyweight ladder. However, that has not been the case with ‘AJ’ and ‘The Bronze Bomber’.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 22: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 22, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wilder will defend his title against Luis Ortiz in a rematch on November 23 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The two have been rumored to fight each other multiple times in the past. This was back when Wilder was the WBC champion. Thus, it would have been a massive unification fight. However, they never ended up getting in the ring.

Wilder would be more suited to facing a fighter like Joshua, while ‘AJ’ could prove a point by showcasing his chin. Thus, if it happens, it could be a great fight.

DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua celebrates victory over Andy Ruiz Jr during the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

However, with the talks for the Fury-Joshua bout getting ever so close, we can not see it falling through. Although, in boxing, nothing can be taken for granted unless a contract is signed. Who do you think Anthony Joshua should fight if the Tyson Fury fight falls through?

READ: “Fight Each Other” – Mike Tyson Sends a Message to Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury

Leonardo Carvalho

Leonardo Carvalho is a boxing journalist at EssentiallySports. His love for the sport stems from the fact that he is an athlete who has played soccer at a high level for several years; he represented his state at a National Level meet. His passion for soccer and fitness led him to admire the challenges of a boxer, and he now writes about the sport he has learned to love. His favorite boxers are Anthony Joshua and Caleb Plant.

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