Former undisputed world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has aired his opinion on the current top division ruler as namesake Tyson Fury prepares to face Wladimir Klitschko for a second time.
Fury, who was born and named after Tyson in 1988 when ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ was at the height of his powers, defeated Klitschko in November in a shock result that the Briton hopes to repeat in July.
“He’s the only one to beat him (Klitschko) out of 23 defences,” Tyson told Sky Sports on his guest visit to China this week.
“All those other guys (Klitschko faced) are supposed to be tough guys and great fighters but they didn’t beat him. He won and beat the greatest fighter in the last fifteen years.
“I like to watch him because he has my name and stuff. The fact that someone would name their son after me with all the nasty stuff that I have been through, yeah I like him.”
Asked about a possible fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, rumoured to be taking place this fall in a battle of boxing and mixed martial arts codes, Tyson added: “It’s all good for entertainment and money, but what rules are they going to do, are they going to do boxing rules?
“If they do boxing rules he’s (McGregor) is not going to do well. But if they do MMA rules, he’s (McGregor) is going to do very well,” said Tyson.
Tyson, 49, retired from boxing in 2005 following a rollercoaster time in the sport and has since carved out a career for himself in Hollywood starring in several movies and on TV.