Outspoken former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs has predicted what would happen if a prime Mike Tyson were ever to fight a prime Tyson Fury.
Briggs fought some of the biggest names in the heavyweight division across a 68-fight career. He debuted in 1992 and went on to win 60 fights, 53 by knockout, with just six losses and one draw.
The losses came at the top level to the likes of Vitali Klitschko and Lennox Lewis, though he beat Ray Mercer and George Foreman.
Speaking to the Jaxxon Podcast, Briggs marvelled at the power of the young American wrecking ball that was Mike Tyson.
“Imagine a 20-year-old kid knocking out grown men. That’s unheard of, right.”
He was then asked who would win had the two Tysons ever met in the ring.
“[Fury] know how to move, he got that rhythm. But in their prime, I’m going with Mike Tyson. He’s not a regular human being.”
Briggs then got into what made Tyson such a force.
“Speed. He so fast that when you go to punch, he beat you to it. It’s dangerous. He was ferocious. A lot of times too the fear factor, a lot of people going into that fight, nobody had seen a guy like that at that point. He was doing things that it’s hard to train for. He was just so dangerous.”
Both Fury and the man he was named after recently crossed paths in Saudi Arabia. ‘Iron Mike’ helped coach Francis Ngannou for his bout with the Brit – a fight that was much closer than anybody expected.
Whilst a fantasy fight between the smaller brawler and the big fleet-of-foot current champion will remain just that, Fury does have a chance to get in the history books alongside Tyson in his next fight.