Bob Arum thinks there is “no competition” between Tyson Fury and even a first Mike Tyson, the legendary promoter supporting “The Gypsy King”.
The Top Rank boss recruited Fury after his incredible return to the ring against Deontay Wilder in December 2018, helping him reach new levels of superstar in the United States.
Along with incredible charisma and surprisingly smooth tones, the Briton is also one of the most skilled boxers in the heavyweight division and has packed a serious weight to now pack a punch.
After going the distance with Wilder in their first fight, Fury flatly stopped the “Bronze Bomber” in their second and third reunions to show off his new brutality to mix with pugilistic beauty.
The 33-year-old was eponymously named after the youngest heavyweight champion in history, who crossed the division with a vicious combination of power, speed and athleticism never seen before.
Yet despite the aura surrounding ‘Iron Mike’, Arum believes the height difference would have played a huge role and that is why George Foreman was desperate to fight Tyson when he brought his ring back.
“He was named after a famous heavyweight Mike Tyson.” Arum told talkSPORT. “You know fight fans love to play legendary matches… if we’ve ever seen a Tyson Fury peak versus a Mike Tyson peak, how is this fight going?
“Well, there is no competition. Tyson Fury would beat him, he’s way too fat for him. What is Mike Tyson going to do, jump up and hit Tyson Fury?
“The heavyweights are now so tall and nimble, which they weren’t before, that smaller heavyweights like Mike Tyson wouldn’t be competitive with him.
“I always thought that if Mike Tyson got in the ring with George Foreman, who was taller, but not as tall as Tyson Fury, that Foreman would just hit Tyson and knock him out.
“And that’s what George was thinking!” He’s always been after me – that’s when he came back, after 10 years of absence [in 1987] – fight with Mike Tyson. And I thought it would be an easy fight for Foreman.
Despite Arum’s comments, the oldest heavyweight champion in history insisted he “didn’t want to be part of Mike Tyson” and described him to ESPN as a “nightmare in the ring. “.