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Mike Tyson reveals what he thinks about Tyson Fury

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Despite boxing his way to the WBA Super and WBO titles, Tyson Fury has always struggled to gain respect and support from within the fighting world.

With numerous controversial moments both in and out the ring littered throughout his career, perhaps it is no surprise that the British boxer is still fighting for recognition.

One man who isn't afraid to declare his admiration for Fury, however, is Mike Tyson - a man who has garnered more than his fair share of negative headlines in the past.

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Speaking via Sky Sports, the legendary boxer went on record to give credit to the much-maligned Fury:

"One guy, Tyson Fury, I like to watch him because he has my name and stuff, so, yeah...I like Tyson Fury," said the US boxing great.

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"Everybody says 'ah, he's a bum', but I like him. The fact that somebody would name their son after me and all the stuff I've been through, and all that ugly, nasty...yeah, I like him, I like Tyson Fury.

"He is the only one that beat him [Wladimir Klitschko] out of the 23 defences. All those other guys were supposed to be tough guys and great fighters, but they didn't beat him.

"He won, so what are you gonna say? That this guy is still a bum, but he beat the greatest fighter in the last 15 years. I don't know, you tell me."

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With a perfect 25-0 professional record and a huge scalp in the victory over Klitschko last November, there is no doubt that Fury has earned respect for his boxing ability.

Still, most recently having gone on an extended rant in which he made several anti-semitic and homophobic comments, there are plenty who have moved to discredit and criticise the 27-year-old ahead of his rematch with Klitschko scheduled for July 9.

Mike Tyson though, of course, faced plenty of his own negative headlines during his own professional career. He spent three years in prison between 1992-1995 after being convicted for rape, and, in 1997, was banned after taking a bite out of Evander Holyfield's ear.

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Fury will look to win around a few more fans and fellow fighters when he takes on Klitschko next month in Manchester, England.

Whether his efforts in the ring are able to turnaround a damaged reputation, however, remains to be seen.

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