Feature | Jun 06 2018

Former champ Chris Byrd would rather fight Anthony Joshua than Deontay Wilder

Former IBF and WBO world heavyweight champion Chris Byrd tells Elliot Worsell how he would have gone about beating Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder
Chris Byrd
CHRIS BYRD GETS WATER FROM WIFE TRACY AFTER DEFEAT OF HOLYFIELD IN IBFHEAVYWEIGHT TITLE.  |  Action Images/Reuters/Tim Shaffer

You can always rely on Chris Byrd for a bit of perspective.

Throughout a stellar 16-year professional career, Byrd, a former Olympic silver medallist, stood toe-to-toe with the likes of Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, Ike Ibeabuchi, David Tua, Evander Holyfield, Andrew Golota and Alexander Povetkin. He also won the IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles.

Not only that, Byrd battled these men when dangerously undersized, having turned professional at 169 pounds, and relied on technical skills, defence and intelligence rarely found in the heavyweight division.