Tyson Fury backed to have defeated prime Mike Tyson in heavyweight fight
Tyson Fury has been backed to have defeated legendary heavyweight Mike Tyson in his prime due to the size difference between the pair.
The 'Gypsy King' has received increasing praise after his victory over Deontay Wilder in a trilogy bout to retain his heavyweight titles.
Fury has also been labelled as one of the modern-era greats with many even considering him in the debate for the greatest British fighter of all time.
His promoter Bob Arum has now backed him to prevail over the legendary heavyweight that he was historically named after.
"He was named after a famous heavyweight in Mike Tyson," Arum told talkSPORT. "You know fight fans love to play mythical match-ups.
"If we ever saw a peak, Tyson Fury, against a peak Mike Tyson how does that fight go down? Well, there’s no contest. Tyson Fury would beat him, he’s way too big for him. What’s Mike Tyson going to do, jump up and land a punch on Tyson Fury?
“Heavyweights now are so tall and agile, which they weren’t before, that smaller heavyweights like Mike Tyson wouldn’t be competitive with him.
“I always felt that if Mike Tyson got in the ring with George Foreman, who was taller, but not as tall as Tyson Fury, that Foreman would just hit down on Tyson and knock him out."
Legendary heavyweight Tyson has announced that he will be returning to the ring in February with YouTube star Logan Paul deemed a potential opponent.
This would be his second fight since his heavyweight retirement after fighting to a draw in a historic exhibition with Roy Jones Jr last year.
Meanwhile, Fury is also plotting his own ring return in February, but is awaiting news on a potential opponent after a ruling on his mandatory defence against Dillian Whyte was delayed.
Fury himself is keen to fight Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed crown after the Ukrainian dethroned Anthony Joshua earlier in the year.
But 'AJ' is likely to stand in the way of any potential undisputed showdown while he seeks revenge in an immediate rematch after activating the clause in his previous contract.
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The heavyweight rankings have offered an alternative opponent in Joe Joyce who would happily fill Whyte's shoes and touch gloves with Fury early next year.
Fury views Joyce as his main British heavyweight rival according to his co-promoter Frank Warren who has previously suggested a fight would be routine business to make.
Although Fury's father John is confident that no heavyweight will beat his son and has backed him to defeat Usyk and Whyte in "one night".
"He could beat Dillian Whyte and Usyk on the same night with a proper camp. I’ll put money on it," he told BT Sport Boxing.
"Cruiserweights don’t beat giant 6’9, 20 stone fighting machines do they. They might think they can, in their dreams.
"Nobody beats Tyson. Not saying it because he’s my son he’s proven me right hasn’t he?"
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