Iron Mike says Joshua is like a young George Foreman but could come unstuck if he doesn’t destroy Klitschko early
MIKE TYSON says Anthony Joshua could be in for a heavyweight shock if he fails to destroy Wladimir Klitschko in the early rounds.
Joshua defends his IBF world title against Klitschko at Wembley tonight aiming to establish himself as a boxing great – with the WBA and IBO belts also up for grabs.
But Iron Mike fears the British star could be humbled in front of 90,000 adoring fans unless he gets the job done early against the giant Ukrainian.
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Tyson says Joshua, 27, reminds him of the fearsome George Foreman for the way he has gone about beating up opponents in the first 18 fights of his career.
But he is worried 41-year-old former undisputed champion Klitschko will cause a huge upset if the fight goes into the later rounds.
Tyson told Sky Sports: “I am looking forward to this one. I’m excited we are goiung to get to see Joshua. He is just a beast – a big beast.
“Joshua reminds me of a young George Foreman.
“He is just wrecking anyone that’s in front of him to get to the top. He is demolishing everyone.
“In my mind it’s got to be Joshua early on, and I hope he does it. but if it goes late it could be Klitschko.”
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Former sparring partners Joshua and Klitschko have shown each other huge respect in public going into their showdown – but world cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew claims behind the scenes there is real needle.
Bellew says Joshua has told his rival to expect to get hurt when their opening bell rings at 10.01pm on Saturday night.