KEY POINTS

  • Mike Tyson shares his epic reaction to Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk on social media
  • Tyson is confident neither Joshua nor Usyk could beat him in his prime
  • Lennox Lewis has also weighed in on Joshua's performance

Mike Tyson wasn’t impressed with the performance of both Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk.

Contrary to what many expected, the highly-anticipated heavyweight clash between Joshua and Usyk did not live up to the hype.

The naturally bigger Joshua came in as the heavily-favored boxer over the smaller Usyk, but it was the latter who obliterated the Brit almost the entire fight.

Some have raved about Usyk’s work, but certainly not “Iron Mike.”

According to Tyson, the pair may have had “a bad day” during the match as both did not convince him that one of them could beat him in his prime.

“After watching the Joshua vs Usyk fight, maybe they had a bad day that night,” Tyson tweeted. “From that performance do you really think they could have beat me in my prime?”

Long before the Joshua vs. Usyk fight, Tyson has high regard for AJ.

In fact, “The Baddest Man on the Planet” even once admitted that among the modern-day heavyweight champions, it is Joshua who could have given him a tough fight even if he was in his 20s.

However, Tyson also pointed out that despite all the potential Joshua has, he’s still not aware of what he can really do inside the ring.

“If I was training Joshua, Joshua would be [my toughest opponent],” Tyson admitted last year. “He has had it all, he still doesn’t know it though. You have to know it. ”

Aside from Tyson, Lennox Lewis was another former heavyweight world champion who criticized Joshua’s performance against Usyk.

As per Lewis, Usyk did a great job in tactically dismantling the reigning champ to become the new WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion.

As for his compatriot, Lewis pointed out that in a very critical title fight, Joshua shouldn’t let the challenger gain confidence by being the aggressor.

“Gotta give it up to [Usyk] on a great tactical performance tonight,” Lewis said. “For [Joshua] it’s not the end of the road, but u can’t be so tentative or wait till the 8th round to turn it on. Learn from this and improve.”

“[Usyk] showed his pedigree in the ring tonight,” the legend added. “Amateur Champion. Olympic Gold medalist. Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion and now World Heavyweight champion. It pays to take the long road, put in the hard work, and aggressively go after your goals.”

As it stands, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn vowed that they are already looking forward to a quick rematch.

Anthony Joshua Anthony Joshua said his next fight should ideally be against Deontay Wilder. In this picture, Joshua celebrates with the IBF, WBA Super, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight belts after his IBF, WBA Super, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Championship title fight against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium in London, England, Sept. 22, 2018. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images