Former WBC heavyweight champion Frank Bruno has waded in with his opinion on the debate surrounding Deontay Wilder and Mike Tyson.
Wilder, speaking at the recent Showtime ‘Boxing Up Front’ announcement, was asked if he could have beaten a peak ‘1986’ Mike Tyson.
In response, the American boldly stated: ‘old school, new school – I knock them all out’ directly to the TMZ Sports interviewer.
Upon getting wind of Wilder’s commentt, former undisputed heavyweight king Lennox Lewis warned ‘The Bronze Bomber’ not to be too hasty.
“I just heard Deontay Wilder said he would destroy a young Mike Tyson. My thoughts are that it’s easy to talk until you actually get in the ring,” said Lewis.
“I like Wilder but he’s never been in there with someone that ferocious who truly wants to break his ribs with every punch. I don’t see it!
“I love Wilder’s confidence (and) you need that to sit atop the heavyweight division. He’s hungry and shows up in probably best shape in the division but there are levels to it and he’s still adding to his arsenal.
“My best advice to the entire crop of young heavyweight champs is to focus on being the best of YOUR era!
“Out of respect and reality. It’s unprovable. Of course, people asked but I found no need to speculate or compare myself to my idol Muhammad Ali or any other of the past greats.
“History will decide your place among the all-time greats, so go out there clean up the division and defend your title. Reign supreme and your work will speak for itself,” he added.
Very easy to talk…easy to make a statement when you know it's impossible to do ???? https://t.co/3EyqgGX0UZ
— Frank Bruno MBE (@frankbrunoboxer) January 28, 2018
Bruno, who fought and lost against both Lewis and Tyson, replied by saying: “Very easy to talk (and) easy to make a statement when you know it’s impossible to do,” questioning Wilder’s thinking.
In fairness, Wilder was put on the spot as the left-field question was fired out, although the former greats obviously don’t take too kindly to comparisons from the new era.