CRITICISM Tim Witherspoon believes Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder ‘wouldn’t even last’ if they competed in Mike Tyson’s era.
Witherspoon is a former two-time heavyweight world champion, having held the WBC title in 1984 and the WBA strap in 1986 during Iron Mike’s reign.
The heavyweight from Philadelphia took on some of the biggest name’s in the sport during his career that spanned. 24-years, including Larry Holmes and Frank Bruno.
Witherspoon did admit, that the money and business side of boxing has seen drastic improvements since his days in the ring.
“I think the fans aren’t getting the fights that we did back in the day. We don’t see the skill these days but they’re getting more money.
Witherspoon fought in an iconic era for heavyweight boxing occupied by the likes of Mike Tyson , Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield.
Fury pummelled Wilder in America to defend his title and round off a memorable trilogy
“They’re getting more money and the praises that we should’ve got. I’m not trying to take anything away from them, but I should’ve made way more money back then fighting one of the greatest heavyweight of all-time Larry Holmes.
“Today it’s big money I wish I was fighting Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury who are getting all these millions.”
As for Wilder, there has been little news regarding the ‘Bronze Bomber’ since his latest defeat to Fury and it is still unknown whether he will box again or opt for retirement.