A potential Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor bout

In a wide-ranging interview with BBC Radio 5 live boxing’s Mike Costello, Mike Tyson outlined his belief in Joshua’s ability, gave his views on a potential Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor bout and offered insight into the man who turned him into the youngest heavyweight champion in history.

His belief in the boxing craft of Conor McGregor is not so apparent when talk turns to the potential meeting of the two-weight UFC champion and Floyd Mayweather.

“Conor is a personality,” added Tyson. “It’s very rare to get a personality like that. Floyd doesn’t have that.

“I don’t believe that is going to happen. If it’s boxing then Conor doesn’t stand a chance. He would in UFC but if it’s a boxing match it’s not going to be a fight.”

Asked if he would still attend, his response is energetic: “Yes, I would.”

Clearly the man who admits he would watch bouts day and night as a youth is still hooked on the sport which plucked him and countless others from difficult beginnings.