Irish boxing legend Carl Frampton believes Tyson Fury has the potential to become one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all-time.
Next weekend at Wembley Stadium, Tyson Fury will defend The Ring and WBC heavyweight titles against Dillian Whyte in one of the biggest fights of the year thus far. Fury is already considered to be the best heavyweight of his generation by many and if he can beat Whyte convincingly, he’ll take a big step towards cementing that status.
In terms of the bigger picture, every win he accumulates will also help vault him further up the all-time rankings – even though it’s near enough impossible to know how he would’ve fared when facing some of the division’s biggest names.
Carl Frampton will be part of BT Sport’s coverage when Fury vs Whyte goes down and during an exclusive chat with GiveMeSport.com, the 35-year-old gave an interesting assessment of the GOAT debate.
“It’s always hard to talk about different eras and different fighters because there are just bigger men these days. Football players say this generation are better than Pele and Best and that generation, and in the NFL and in different sports. But in boxing a lot of the time you go back and pick the older guy to beat the new and upcoming guy and I don’t know why that is.
“Obviously the science is better and people have improved and they’re bigger and better athletes now, but for boxing for some reason, the best lightweight of all time – Roberto Duran in my opinion – people pick him to beat Lomachenko who is the best lightweight of this generation.
“So it’s always difficult, but he [Fury] is up there somewhere. I think if he wins this fight, which I think maybe he will, and if he beats maybe Usyk and AJ before he retires, he’s got to be in contention for being one of the best heavyweights there’s ever been.”
The winner on April 23 has been tipped to go on and face the victor of the upcoming rematch between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk.
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