Tyson Fury meets Mike Tyson for podcast recording ahead of Otto Wallin fight


When you’re preparing for a fight against an unbeaten competitor, the chance to meet one of the greatest heavyweights of all time is an opportunity you have to take.

And Tyson Fury, who is currently training in Las Vegas for his upcoming bout with Swedish heavyweight Otto Wallin, has done just that.

The former world heavyweight champion has recently enjoyed an in-depth chat with international boxing Hall of Famer Mike Tyson, who joined him in Los Angeles to record a new episode of Mike’s podcast – ‘Hotboxin’.

Although the pair were both ringside to witness Deontay Wilder’s brutal knockout victory against Artur Szpilka back in 2016, this interview is believed to be the first time that the two Tysons have ever spent extended time together.

The occasion will have had particular emotional significance for Fury, as he was finally able to enjoy the opportunity to talk openly with the man after whom he was named.

On August 12, 1988, Mike Tyson was the undisputed heavyweight champion, and John Fury, who was also a professional boxer, already had plans in mind for the name of his new-born son.

Three months premature, and weighing only 1lb, John Fury decided it was only fitting to name his son Tyson – perhaps in the hope that his son would one day grow to become as strong as the legendary fighter.

And if that’s the case, it’s safe to say that the now 6ft9" heavyweight has at least come close to meeting his dad’s hopes and expectations.

But Fury won’t be focusing on that.

Instead, he’ll be hoping that this chat with Mike Tyson will help inspire him to victory in his upcoming fight against Wallin, with a view to a potential 2020 rematch with Deontay Wilder for the WBC title.

Alongside new ‘Hotboxin’ episodes with Evander Holyfield and Andy Ruiz Jr, the meeting of the two Tysons is scheduled to be released in the coming weeks.

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