One of heavyweight boxing's most controversial characters of all time, Mike Tyson, has admitted his admiration for WBA and WBO world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, who has not been shy of controversy of his own in his glamorous boxing career.
Both Tyson and Fury share similarities; both have won world titles in the heavyweight division, while also being embroiled in problems throughout their career. But while the American says he no longer follows the sport closely, he has disclosed the fact he is one of the 27-year-old's famous fans.
Fury will face Wladimir Klitschko at the Manchester Arena on July 9, in a rematch of the world title fight that saw the Mancunian shockingly take the Kazakhstan-born fighter's IBF, WBA and WBO belts in November, and now knows he will have a former star of the sport supporting him all the way.
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"I don't know, I'm not watching any fighters. One guy, Tyson Fury, I like to watch him because he has my name and stuff, so, yeah other than that, no. I like Tyson Fury." Tyson told Sky Sports.
"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."
Tyson won the WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles during his career, making 23 defences of his three belts, but admitted fighting under the influence of cocaine during several bouts and also spent three years in jail on charges of rape.
But the Brooklyn-born fighter, who turns 50 next month, has questioned why Fury - who has been criticised about his comments on homosexuality, abortion and paedophilia - is still frowned upon by some members of the public.
"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." Fury added.
"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."
Fury is confident he can, once again, upset Klitschko and defend the WBA and WBO belts on home turf, and has been his charismatic self during the pre-fight press conferences, claiming his 40-year-old opponent is 'boring'.
The 6ft 9in fighter has been involved in an intense training camp in recent weeks, preparing himself for his title defence, and looks to maintain his unbeaten record against one of the greats of the heavyweight division.
Will Tyson Fury retain his WBA and WBO world heavyweight titles against Wladimir Klitschko in July? Give your opinion in the comments box below.
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