Tyson Fury says Mike Tyson fighting him or Anthony Joshua would be ‘unfair’ but urges 53-year-old to rematch Holyfield

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TYSON FURY has backed heavyweight legend Mike Tyson to step inside the ring with rival Evander Holyfield.

Iron Mike is in talks for a sensational return to boxing 15-years after retiring on his illustrious career.

Mike Tyson, left, and Evander Holyfield, centre, are in talks for a stunning trilogy
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Tyson, 53, has been enduring gruelling training programmes throughout lockdown and looks in terrific shape ahead of an expected charity exhibition bout.

And it is likely to be against old foe Holyfield who has similarly worked his way back to fitness at the age of 57.

Tyson lost against Holyfield on two occasions in his career including being famously disqualified for biting a chunk of his ear in their 1997 rematch.

But with talk of a trilogy of fights, WBC champ Fury says he is “all for it.”

Speaking on Instagram, the Gypsy King revealed: “I think everyone do their own thing. If that’s what makes them tick and gives them a goal, then I’m all for it.

“Because I know what it’s like to have no goals, I know what it’s like to be sat on the sidelines watching everybody else.

“I know what it’s like to be a ‘has-been’. I’ve been there.

“I know what it’s like to suffer with mental health problems and then give myself a massive goal to achieve and I know what it’s like to set about achieving it.

If they want to do this, this is their choice, let them do it.


Tyson Fury on Mike Tyson’s comeback fight

“So if Mike Tyson’s 53-years-old and Evander Holyfield’s nearly 60, if they want to do this, this is their choice, let them do it.

“We could say, ‘Oh no, don’t let them do it, whatever.’ But at the end of the day they’re their own men. They know the risks, they know the responsibility.

“I say if they can pass medicals, if they can pass all the brain scans, healthy and fit to box, then let them box.

“George Foreman was 45 when he won the world heavyweight championship, how can we ever consider having an older heavyweight champion if they’re not given the opportunity?”

But Fury, who has a third fight lined up with American rival Deontay Wilder, slammed talk that Tyson could take on either him or Brit champ Anthony Joshua.

He added: “If they fight exhibitions, it’s between them and people their own age.

Tyson Fury has backed Mike Tyson to make a return to the ring
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Mike Tyson is in terrific shape over a comeback fight
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“I wouldn’t like to see Mike fighting one of the top heavyweights because obviously 55 vs 35 or 30 is just not fair.

“But to see him fight someone his old age, an old-timer as well, fantastic, I’d love to see it.

“If he’s definitely serious about it, I’ll buy it on pay-per-view for sure. There’s one buy right here.”