Mike Tyson doesn’t really like these comparisons between old boxers and current boxers. For example, he didn’t even agree that he could have beaten Muhammad Ali if they were both fighting in their prime. Sometimes, however, he makes an exception and answers a fan’s question.
In a live YouTube chat last October, a fan asked if he was now 20, could he unify the world titles against the current champions?
“Listen, if you’re asking me if I was 20 years old, Yes! There’s no doubt. They’re really good fighters and I respect all these skills. It would have been very tough fighting them.” – Tyson said.
And as to who would be the hardest to beat, say, Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz Jr., Deontay Wilder, or Tyson Fury. He replied that Anthony Joshua is the hardest. Tyson says Joshua has everything he needs to be in a boxer, but he still hasn’t shown everything he knows, there’s still plenty of potential in it.
Mike Tyson was only 20 years old, 4 months and 22 days old when he became the WBC heavyweight world champion and then a year later he was already the undisputed champion of the weight class. He was unbeatable in his early 20s, winning 37 fights in a row until James Douglas defeated him.