Tyson Fury says he was asked to fight Mike Tyson but no matchup ‘materialized’

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Current WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury said that he was contacted to gauge his interest in fighting his namesake: Mike Tyson. In an interview given to BT Sport, Fury said that he received a call asking if he was interested in fighting Tyson, and while he responded positively to the idea, he thinks nothing will come of it.

“I had a phone call saying ‘Would you like to fight Mike Tyson in an exhibition fight?’ I said ‘hell yeah,’ but I don’t think anything’s materialized out of it,” Fury said on Tuesday.

Clips of Tyson training to compete in boxing again have made the rounds on social media. They’ve garnered so much attention that the former world champion has been contacted by not just charity promotions, but also an actual competitive promotion. Earlier this month, Tyson was reportedly offered $20 million to fight in a bare knuckle boxing promotion.

Of course, it’s worth noting that Tyson’s last sanctioned bout came in 2005 against Kevin McBride and was stopped after six rounds. Fury, meanwhile, was last seen utterly demolishing the face of Deontay Wilder as he became a world heavyweight champion. Oh and while the current WBC champ is 31 years old, “Iron Mike” is sitting at a ripe 53.

So it’s hard to imagine this kind of fight having any sort of entertainment value were to actually happen. Mildly more interesting is an old-timer’s rematch between Tyson and Evander Holyfield, a subject that Fury also dished on to BT Sport.

“They’re both old now so they’re a bit long in the teeth, but then who am I to say anything about what anyone’s capable of?” said Fury. “I wouldn’t try to kill anybody’s dreams of doing anything they want. If they’re both medically fit to fight, then let them do what they’ve got to do. It’s their life, not mine.”

If there’s anyone who knows about just how impressive professional comebacks can be in the sport, it’s Fury.

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