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Mike Tyson told Tyson Fury would have beaten him – and his comeback was perfect

Mike Tyson had the perfect comeback when told to his face that Tyson Fury is the greatest heavyweight champion in history despite having only one major title defence to his name

Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson had the perfect response when he was told current WBC and The Ring magazine king Tyson Fury is the greatest heavyweight boxer in history.

Iron Mike, who defended the WBC heavyweight title on nine occasions between 1987 and 1990 while picking up two other belts along the way, is considered to be one of the best ever.

Although Muhammad Ali usually leads the argument, Fury’s back-to-back wins over Deontay Wilder have put his name in the conversation ahead of his all-British clash against Dillian Whyte on April 3.

Tyson has now responded directly to an opinion held by former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub, who said that the self-proclaimed Gypsy King is the best ever on the Lions Den podcast.

Former professional boxer Mike Tyson attends Celebration of Smiles Event hosted by Dionne Warwick on her 81st Birthday to benefit medical charity organization, Operation Smile and The Kind Music Academy on December 12, 2021 in Malibu, California.
Mike Tyson had the perfect response when told that Tyson Fury would’ve beaten him (Image: Getty Images)

Schaub said: “Mike, before you answer, this is no disrespect but for me, technically-wise, Fury can go defence. His footwork is great. To me, as far as technique-wise, he is the best we’ve ever had.”

The 55-year-old great responded: “Listen, just him being Tyson Fury shows my greatness.”I don’t know. I don’t care if he could beat me or not. His name is Tyson. He can beat me but I don’t care he is named after the greatest fighter that ever lived.”

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury gestures during a news conference at MGM Grand Garden Arena on October 6, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fury will defend his title against Deontay Wilder on October 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Now 33, Tyson Fury is a two-time world heavyweight champion (Image: Getty Images)

Back in December, Fury spoke out about what made Tyson such a special boxer.

He explained to Ring Magazine: “A lot of people underestimate Mike Tyson’s speed as well.

“Yes, it was the speed that was coming. It wasn’t like the one punch, ‘Ahh, what single slow punch.’

Roy Jones Jr. (L) and Mike Tyson celebrate their split draw during Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. presented by Triller at Staples Center on November 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
Mike Tyson returned to the ring with an exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr. in 2020 (Image: Getty Images)

“It was fast and it was coming left up, right up, down, side to side. It was coming from all angles and he was very ferocious and speedy and he could knock a man out with either hand, as we have seen.

“And the fear factor as well, a lot of people going in [to the boxing ring] were already beaten from Mike Tyson.”

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