Mike Tyson has dinner with heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia ahead of brother Tommy’s fight with Jake Paul… as the boxing great gushes over the Gypsy King by predicting he will be ‘the champ for a long time’
- The two boxing greats met in Saudi Arabia ahead of Tommy Fury Jake Paul fight
- Mike Tyson believes that champion Tyson Fury has proved that he is ‘the best’
- Tyson believes Fury can continue to be champion for as long as he chooses to be
Tyson Fury had dinner alongside Mike Tyson in Saudi Arabia ahead of his brother’s fight with Jake Paul on Sunday.
Tommy Fury and YouTuber-turned boxer Paul are finally set to go head-to-head in Diriyah, with ringwalks to begin at around 9.30pm UK time, after seeing previously scheduled bouts fall through on two occasions.
In the build-up to the anticipated fight, ‘Iron Mike’ posted footage on Instagram of him having dinner with the Gypsy King.
The pair seemed in good spirits, laughing and joking, before getting involved in the evening entertainment which featured Tyson waving a sword around, while Fury was spotted banging a drum.
It comes after the boxing great was full of praise for WBC heavyweight champion Fury – who he predicts will be ‘the champ for a long time’.
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Mike Tyson, who is in Saudi Arabia for Tommy Fury’s fight with Jake Paul, predicts Tyson Fury to be ‘champ for a long time’
The Gypsy King is set to fight Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk at Wembley in April, but so far it has not officially been signed off.
The two heavyweights will put their unbeaten records on the line in a highly anticipated fight – as Fury attempts to become the first undisputed heavyweight since Lennox Lewis in 1999.
Speaking about Fury’s legacy to talkSPORT, ‘Iron Mike’ said: ‘Tyson Fury has proved over and over that he’s the best. I respect Deontay Wilder and Oleksandr Usyk, but who I respect the best?
‘Tyson Fury is the champ, he’s the reigning champ, and he’s going to be the champ for a long time if he chooses. That’s just the way unless you get some new guy coming up.
‘Joe Joyce is a tough, durable guy, but he’s not going to do it [take Fury’s title]. Nobody around can do it yet. I don’t think anybody is too small [to beat Fury].’
Despite Fury’s notable size advantage over Usyk, Tyson does not believe it will be the Ukrainian’s downfall.
Tyson also believes that Fury will not have the same problems that Anthony Joshua had when fighting Oleksandr Usyk
‘I never think anybody’s too small. I just think Tyson’s not gonna do what Anthony Joshua [did],’ he added. ‘I think he’s just gonna go out and put a lot of pressure on him.’
The sporting world is desperate for Fury and Usyk’s bout to go ahead, but the Sun reports that it is at risk of collapsing over the Gypsy King’s demands.
It’s understood that Fury is unhappy about having to split the pot evenly with Usyk when the fight was schedules to take place in Saudi Arabia.
However, the 34-year-old heavyweight can now command a bigger split of a smaller purse with the fight set to take place at Wembley, with the showdown expected to be on April 29.
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