Boxing legend Larry Holmes feels Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua lack the skills of the old-fashioned legends.
The Brits have endeared themselves to boxing fans around the world with epic fights over the years, many of which are long in memory.
But the punishment the two have taken in their recent feuds doesn’t make Holmes believe that he can hang out with the stalwarts of his generation.
During an interview with Fight Hub TV, he said of the pair: “They don’t have any skills.
“They don’t know how to throw one, two and go out to defend themselves.
“The fighters are not going to fight today, when I fought. We fought in the top 10, we didn’t duck anyone.
“Today these people don’t want to fight – you want to make some money, you have to bring it to them, you have to fight these people.”
Holmes’ opinion is based on Fury’s epic with Deontay Wilder last October, in which the Gypsy King was ousted twice.
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Despite not seeing the whole fight, Holmes said: “They had a good fight. It was a good fight for them.
“they throw punches” [from their waist] For a jab, you don’t throw like that For a jab, you throw straight!
“You have to throw straight punches because then they can’t hit you – they don’t know how to throw a couple of throws, they don’t defend themselves.
“You know what? I had my day, I had fun with what I did.”
The typically elusive and raft-legged Fury took much of the punishment in a trilogy fight with Wilder that fight fans are used to seeing.
And Holmes believes the WBC heavyweight champion’s movement isn’t a patch on how he avoids punches back in the day.
He continued: “Fury can’t move like Larry Holmes – you gotta give punches, you shouldn’t take punches.
“And that’s what he does, he takes punches, I think that’s what he wanted to do, prove to people that he can take a punch.
“The game of boxing is hit and not hit.”
Fury is currently set for a Battle of Britain with former Sparring teammate Dillian White on 26 March, although talks over the long-awaited Grudge match are still being finalised.
Meanwhile, Joshua is preparing for a rematch in April with unified heavyweight King Oleksandr Usik.
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