BOXING legend Larry Holmes believes Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury can’t call themselves modern greats as they haven’t ‘showed much’.
The British thugs were considered the best heavyweights in the world prior to Oleksandr Usyk’s victory over AJ last September and have often been compared to the fighters of yesteryear.
But neither man has done enough to impress Hall of Famer Larry Holes, who told The Telegraph: “Anthony Joshua, he hasn’t really shown much.
“He’s like a ripe tomato. He might have it. But who did he fight?
“I’m not going to hit him and say he’s a bad fighter.
“To be called great you have to be compared to some really great fighters and he’s not there yet.”
WBC champion Fury has done so little to impress Holmes that the American believes he would have defeated him had they fought.
Holmes – who beat the great Muhammad Ali in the boxing icon’s penultimate bout – said of the Gypsy King: “Same thing. Guy who is tall, nice tall and strong.
“It would have been an interesting fight, me and him, but I have changes, go in or stay out. Side by side, flipping switches.
“See I’m happy with all the gifts I’ve gotten, I can’t complain.
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“I don’t like knocking on anyone’s door, but I like to tell the truth.”
Holmes is no stranger to criticizing the British juggernauts, telling Fight Hype earlier this year: “They have no skills.
“They don’t know how to throw one, two and take off to protect themselves.
“The fighters of today are not the fighters when I fought. We fought for the top 10, we didn’t hide from anyone.
“Today these guys don’t want to fight — you want to make some money, you have to bring it to them, you have to make these guys fight.”
Former Unified Heavyweight Champion Joshua is currently gearing up for a summer rematch with Usyk – tentatively scheduled for July 23.
Fury, meanwhile, appears to be enjoying his apparent retirement from the sport following his brutal knockout of Dillian Whyte last month.
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https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5434295/anthony-joshua-tyson-fury-larry-holmes-boxing/ The boxing legend claims Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury aren’t “greats” as they haven’t “really shown much” in their careers