Former WBO heavyweight champion, Ray Mercer, believes there is one current heavyweight who nobody is going to beat.
Mercer won the world title in 1991, knocking out Francesco Damiani in the ninth-round of their fight despite being well behind on the cards.
He would make just one defence of the belt, knocking out Tommy Morrison, before relinquishing the title in pursuit of Evander Holyfield and the undisputed championship.
However, ‘Merciless’ lost the prior eliminator fight to a 42-year-old Larry Holmes, who rolled back the years to outpoint his younger countryman, taking Mercer’s undefeated record and his opportunity to face the king of the division.
In an interview with Pro Box TV, Mercer gave his verdict on the current crop of heavyweights, but was clearly impressed with the WBC champion, Tyson Fury, whose reign is only just beginning, in the eyes of the 62-year-old.
“I like Tyson Fury, man. I think that guy is a great guy. I think he’s a great human being. He gives to the homeless, he’s a gypsy, he’s a great guy, and I think he’s going to be on top for a minute.
“He can box and he’s got power. I love the guy. I don’t think anybody’s going to beat him. He’s at the right time of his life to be at his peak for boxing. He can take a punch too. He’s tough. When he got up [against Deontay Wilder], I couldn’t believe it. He’s a tough dude, and he’s good.”
Fury is still looking for a summer opponent before potentially going into an undisputed fight against Oleksandr Usyk this December. Having been linked to Andy Ruiz Jr, Demsey McKean, Zhilei Zhang and most recently, Anthony Joshua, it appears finding a suitable dance partner for ‘The Gypsy’s King’ is becoming problematic.