“They have no competence”

BOXING legend Larry Holmes believes Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua lack the heavyweight skills of yesteryear.

The beefy Britons have won the hearts of boxing fans the world over with epic fights over the years, many of which are long remembered.

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Tyson Fury solidified his status as the world’s best heavyweight in KO’ing Deontay WilderCredit: REUTERS
But Anthony Joshua suffered a loss in his ill-fated title defense against Oleksandr Usyk last September

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But Anthony Joshua suffered a loss in his ill-fated title defense against Oleksandr Usyk last SeptemberCredit: Reuters
And former WBC heavyweight champion Larry Holmes doesn't think the pair would cut him in his day

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And former WBC heavyweight champion Larry Holmes doesn’t think the pair would cut him in his dayCredit: Getty

But the punishment the duo have suffered in their recent fights hasn’t done much to make Holmes believe they could hang on to his generation of heavyweights.

In an interview with Fight Hub TV, he said of the couple: “They don’t have any skills.

“They don’t know how to throw one, two and get out to protect themselves.

“The fighters of today are not the fighters of the days when I fought. We fought in the top 10, we didn’t dodge anyone.

“Today these guys don’t want to fight – you want to make money, you have to bring it to them, you have to make these guys fight.”

Holmes’ opinion is in part based on Fury’s epic back-and-forths with Deontay Wilder last October, in which The Gypsy King was dropped twice.

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Although he didn’t watch the entire 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 the forehand because then they can’t hit you – they don’t know how to throw one-two, they don’t protect themselves.

“You know what? I had my day, I had fun with what I did.”

Fury, normally elusive and quick, took a lot more punishment in the hs trilogy fight with Wilder than fight fans are used to seeing.

And Holmes thinks the WBC heavyweight champion’s move isn’t a patch on how he escaped punches back in the day.

He continued, “Fury can’t move like Larry Holmes – you have to punch, you shouldn’t.

“And that’s what he does, he takes punches, I guess that’s what he wanted to do, prove to people that he can take a punch.

Holmes believes Furt suffered too much punishment in his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder

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Holmes believes Furt suffered too much punishment in his trilogy fight with Deontay WilderCredit: Getty

“The game of boxing is hit and not getting hit.”

Fury is currently preparing for a Battle of Britain with former training partner Dillian Whyte on March 26, although negotiations over the long-awaited grudge match are still being finalized.

Joshua, meanwhile, is gearing up for a rematch in April with unified heavyweight king Oleksandr Usyk.

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