George Groves believes Tyson Fury will beat Anthony Joshua if they face off in a heavyweight battle next year.
Fury and Joshua could be set for an all-British showdown in the summer of 2021 if they win their respective fights against Deontay Wilder and Kubrat Pulev, although Fury will likely have to face Dillian Whyte before taking on Joshua.
Groves, who was super-middle weight champions from 2017-2018, believes the Gypsy King has the edge over his younger rival because of the journey he has faced in his career.
Speaking on The Gary Newbon Sports Show, Groves said: ‘Fury beats Joshua.
‘He’s just had a tougher journey to get to that stage.
‘I think even though Joshua has had a lot of big experiences and he has had to come back from a loss, he hasn’t been in with the level of opposition that Fury has been at the stages of his career that Fury had to do it so I think I pick Fury for that.’
The 32-year-old was also asked for his thoughts on Mike Tyson coming out of retirement to face Roy Jones Jr in November.
‘It’s a bit bizarre. I’ve seen some of the footage of him in the gym and of course he’s gonna look sensational in short clippings.
‘He’s fighting Roy Jones, it’s two veterans, two of the greatest to ever fight, have another fight.
‘It might be great, it might be entertaining. It is a fair matching in at least they’re both past their best but you never know, if this is a big success it’s only going to open the door for more.’
Groves admitted Tyson’s comeback will be exciting for fans but claimed the 54-year-old has lost some of the ‘hatred’ he used in the earlier years of his career.
‘It’ll probably be the most exciting fight of the year Mike Tyson coming out of retirement he’s gonna fight Roy Jones, we’re gonna want to watch it.
‘But it’s weird cause you see Mike Tyson and it’s almost as if all that hatred and energy he used to use in fights has sort of been absorbed.
‘I think with age most people lose it and I think the same can be said for Mike so I can’t see him having that tenacity and ferociousness that he used to have when he was fighting.
‘It might be a bit friendly, it might just be entertainment. Hope and prayers that no one gets hurt.’
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