We all love discussing a fantasy match up, and there’s perhaps none more intriguing for the heavyweight division than a clash of size and styles between Mike Tyson and his namesake, Tyson Fury.
Tyson Fury is currently in his second stint as heavyweight champion, and ‘Iron’ Mike holds the record of being the youngest boxer ever in the division to hold a world title. Both have had controversies outside of the ring, are known for dominating styles, and intimidating their opponents – often said to have had the beating of them before the first bell.
So, if the pair happened to be competing at the same time, how would a fight unfold? Rather than predicting the outcome or providing a breakdown for how it may go, Tyson chose to point out his legendary status in the game and leave it at that. He gave his answer to MMA Moments.
“Listen, just him being Tyson Fury shows my greatness. I don’t wanna know. I don’t care if he can beat me or not, his name is Tyson. He’s named after the greatest fighter to ever live.”
It’s a good point. It will come as no surprise that Fury’s first name isn’t a coincidence. Born in 1988 eight weeks early and weighing just 1 lb, his father told the doctor that he would name him after his favourite heavyweight. John Fury was a boxer himself, and Mike Tyson was heavyweight champion at the time.
As Fury tells it, the Doctor advised against – apparently saying “that’s not going to be a good name, he’s not going to be very big this guy.” As predictions go, it was a bad one. 34 years later the younger Fury is 6 ft 9 in and proud owner of the WBC belt. A ‘behemoth’, as the man himself recently put it.
A frustrating thing about talking fights that can never be is that there’s no answer at the end of it. One thing’s for sure though – whilst there would be respect, both men would enter the ring as confident of victory as they always have been.