Heavyweight icon Mike Tyson has been the talk of boxing again with promises of a come-back.
But Anthony Joshua, the man currently holding three of the four world title belts, has no interest in taking on Iron Mike.
Asked if he would step in the ring with the 53-year-old, he told The Sun: ‘With all due respect I wouldn’t.
“Even if I fought Iron Mike and beat him, I think I’d be the only one cheering. People would boo. He is a legend. He is the greatest boxer of the modern era.
“There are only two recognised champions the world knows of, Ali and Mike Tyson — the most recognised faces in the world when it comes to boxing.”
Joshua has made no secret of his desire to fight another Tyson, WBC king Fury.
Deontay Wilder, who has the option of a third fight with Fury after the Brit’s win in February after their draw in 2018, is also a possibility for Joshua.
That is if Joshua overcomes mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev next.
He added: “Who would I prefer? It would be the current champ, Tyson Fury, every day of the week. It used to be Wilder and now it is Fury.”
And no trash talk here, either, just respect as he added: “And I don’t want to be in that position where I am talking down Tyson Fury.
“He is a great person and he has done great things in boxing but until the day we fight that is where it ends and I don’t have anything else to say about him.”