‘They are not as skilled as we were’: Roy Jones Jr insists he and Mike Tyson would have beaten heavyweight world champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury in their heydays
- Roy Jones Jr, 51, admitted that he and Mike Tyson, 54, are well past their primes
- Jones Jr said they couldn’t compete now with today’s heavyweight champions
- But insisted they would have beaten Anthony Joshua and Fury in their primes
- ‘Our skill level was deeper at that time than most of these guys now,’ Jones said
Roy Jones Jr has insisted that he and Mike Tyson would have beaten Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury in their primes.
The boxing legends are preparing for a sensational return to the ring for an eight-round exhibition fight on September 12 in California.
51-year-old Jones Jr admitted that he and Tyson, 54, are well past their best but believes that they were more skilled fighters than heavyweight kings Joshua and Fury.
Roy Jones Jr believes he and Mike Tyson could not beat today’s best heavyweights now
Jones Jr says he and Mike Tyson had more skills in their primes than Anthony Joshua and Fury
Jones Jr is largely considered one of the most complete fighters in history, having won world titles in four divisions while Tyson is regarded as one of the greatest heavyweight champions to lace up a pair of gloves.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of their exhibition bout, Jones Jr said: ‘Not right now [we wouldn’t beat them]; it would be hard for us to last twelve rounds with any of those guys,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘They are skilled fighters, not bad boxers. They are not as skilled as we were but they are in their primes, and we are not.
‘In our primes? We would probably have beaten them. You can never say, but I think we would probably have beaten them.
‘Our skill level was deeper, at that time, than it is now. In our prime we would have come out on top against most of those guys.
Former heavyweight world champion Tyson was one of the most feared fighters in his heyday
Jones Jr won world titles at four weights and is seen as one of the most complete fighters ever
‘But you never know because it never happened so you can’t discredit those guys. They are good fighters, well-respected fighters, and my hat is off to them because they are at the top.’
Former world heavyweight champion Tyson has been flirting with a comeback for several months and confirmed last week that he will be fighting Jones Jr.
It has been revealed that there will be no ringside judges for the fight and that the referee will be allowed to stop the fight if either man is hurt or cut.
Reports have also suggested that fans in America will have to fork out $49.99 (£39) to watch the blockbuster exhibition fight on pay-per-view.
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