In a historic upset, Mike Tyson suffered a knockout defeat against Buster Douglas on February 11, 1990, at the Tokyo Dome. The Gypsy King’s ultimate goal is to become the undisputed champion by facing Anthony Joshua twice in a highly anticipated Battle of Britain next year. He firmly believes that obtaining all four championship belts is merely a matter of time, and he is certain that no legendary fighter could have impeded his path to success.
When specifically asked about the possibility of facing Mike Tyson, the 31-year-old Tyson Fury expressed his confidence by stating that no heavyweight from any era in the last thousand years could have taken him on and emerged victorious.
He mentioned legendary fighters like Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, Lennox Lewis, George Foreman, Ken Norton, Rocky Marciano, Floyd Patterson, Gene Tunney, Jem Mace, and John L. Sullivan, asserting that none of them would have been able to defeat the Gypsy King.
Fury emphasized his adaptability and diverse skill set, claiming that even if they had tried, they would have failed to beat him. He went on to boldly declare himself as the greatest fighter to have ever lived, not just in the heavyweight division but in the entire history of the sport. His remarks reflect his unwavering confidence in his abilities, and he humorously added a touch of immodesty to his statement.
At the age of 54, Tyson is set to make a remarkable comeback to the boxing ring for an exhibition match. Last month, the former heavyweight champion shared a sensational video showcasing his skills as he hit pads, creating excitement among fans.
This return comes an impressive 33 years after Tyson first made a name for himself in the sport by becoming the youngest heavyweight champion ever, solidifying his status as a boxing legend.
Meanwhile, Tyson Fury’s journey to becoming the undisputed champion faces a hurdle as he is obligated to have a trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder. Fury secured the WBC belt earlier this year by comprehensively defeating the previously undefeated American. However, before he can proceed to face Anthony Joshua, he must fulfill his contractual obligations to face Wilder for the third time.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has expressed his stance against the WBC designating Tyson Fury as a ‘franchise’ champion and instead urged them to enforce mandatory fights for him, including one against Dillian Whyte.
In an interview with the YouTube channel BoxingSocial, Hearn stated, “We don’t want the WBC to make Fury a ‘franchise’ champion. Let him take care of his mandatory challengers, just like Joshua is doing.”
Hearn’s position highlights the importance of ensuring that both Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, as heavyweight champions, face their mandatory challengers as per the rules and regulations set forth by the WBC, without receiving any special franchise status that might bypass those obligations.