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Larry Holmes has revealed exactly what would happen if prime Mike Tyson fought Anthony Joshua

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After winning the super-heavyweight gold at London 2012, Anthony Joshua was expected to have a good professional career in the heavyweight ranks.

However, very few would have predicted the success he has enjoyed in his first few years as a professional.

Joshua only made his boxing debut four years ago, but he has already risen to the summit of the heavyweight division.

His first 19 fights have seen him win nineteen times; all of which were knock-out victories.

Along the way, he has conquered one of his rivals in the junior ranks, Dillian Whyte, and has also swept aside other big names such as Eric Molina, Dominic Breazeale and most recently, Wladamir Klitschko.

He goes into his fight with Carlos Takam on Saturday defending the WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles, and is the overwhelming favourite to retain those belts.

Big names in boxing have praised the 28-year-old for his achievements, and some have already claimed he is the greatest fighter of his generation.

And in one of the boldest claims yet, Larry Holmes is adamant in his belief that Anthony Joshua would defeat a prime Mike Tyson with ease.

Speaking ahead of Joshua's fight against Takam, Holmes said: "If he fought a guy like Mike Tyson, he’d win."

"He would have knocked out a prime Mike Tyson. There’s no reckon about it."

And Holmes also explained why this would be the outcome.

"Mike Tyson went down low and then came up and tried to throw roundhouses. But Joshua would just hit him with a straight right hand on the side of his damn chin and Mike wouldn’t get up.

"He never fought anyone who was coming up and trying to make their way in the sport.

"He just went in there – bang, bang, bang and knocked everyone out. That’s how he got the reputation as a puncher.

"I’m not taking anything away from Mike Tyson – he kicked my ***.

"But I was out for two years, I had quit boxing, I hadn’t done anything for two years apart from sing with the band and travel."

Some may consider this to be an outrageous statement.

During his prime, Tyson was the most feared heavyweight on the planet.

In his 50 career victories, the American won by knockout an incredible 44 times: leading to the belief that he possessed one of the hardest hitting punches that boxing has ever seen.

Surely, if the American managed to land one of his power punches on Joshua's chin, then Joshua would struggle to get up himself.

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