Tyson: Joshua has saved boxing

Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson believes Anthony Joshua’s rise has provided boxing with a welcome tonic.

Joshua’s heavyweight showdown against Wladimir Joshua last weekend attracted a huge television audience, with the British fighter lifting the WBA title in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley.

The win has instantly made Joshua a global name and Tyson says the heavyweight division desperately needed a superstar to boost interest in the sport.

"If he continues to be that way, his sky is the limit for him," said Tyson.

"Just that one fight changed boxing, that one fight, and that's what fighting needs.

"Floyd [Mayweather] is making a lot of money and we've got a lot of little guys fighting, but what they want to see is a heavyweight fight.

"The heavyweight that knows how to fight, like Joshua, that's what makes boxing big. The heavyweights make boxing big.

"The other guys can make some money, but they are not making the sport big."