Tyson Fury calls out Mike Tyson for 'Tyson vs Tyson' exhibition bout
Tyson Fury has called out legendary heavyweight Mike Tyson for an exhibition clash in December if he does not face Dillian Whyte.
The 'Gypsy King' faces his ring return in October, as he renews his rivalry with Deontay Wilder in a trilogy bout after his previous victory over the American in February 2020.
And he has faced a longer period of inactivity than expected, after testing positive for coronavirus which resulted in a postponement of the fight from its original date in July.
But Fury has now insisted he wants to fight in December, and has revealed he would "love" to share the ring with Tyson in an exhibition clash.
“I love watching Mike fight, his comeback was amazing and I would love to fight Mike in an exhibition,” Fury told IFL TV.
‘If the December fight with Dillian Whyte doesn’t happen, I would love to fight Mike in an exhibition.
“Tyson vs Tyson, past vs present, there is so much fun to have out there in this game.”
Fury was set to face domestic rival Anthony Joshua in an undisputed clash this year in Saudi Arabia as the fight contract had been signed.
But the clash was derailed after Wilder forced through a trilogy clash with a successful arbitration intervention.
And now the lineal heavyweight champion has revealed he was "never optimistic" that the fight between him and 'AJ' would happen.
“I have never been optimistic about this fight happening, even when the fight was agreed initially and we were set to go at it in Saudi Arabia,” Fury told The Overlap. “But I still wasn’t optimistic about it, and guess what it never happened, but I do feel this fight will happen eventually.
"I do think sooner or later it will happen, even if we have to go completely and bin all the belts to make the fight happen between us for whatever reason.
“I am willing to do that, but I am not sure he is."
The WBC heavyweight champion has been preparing for his unified title defence against Wilder this month, and has given a positive update on his baby daughter's health as he returns to training camp.
But Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has criticised Fury's inactivity and believes that he should be stripped of his belts, if the fight with Wilder was delayed any further.
“I want it to happen 100 per cent," Hearn said. "I want a winner of that finally sorted so we can try again to make Anthony Joshua's undisputed fight.
“But if it doesn’t happen then the WBC have to finally put Fury into recess.
“Fury has not boxed since February 2020 and if he doesn’t box in October then it will be almost two years since that title was defended.
“I think he needs to fight because otherwise he needs to be stripped of the title or made champion-in-recess."
Hearn has also taken aim at Fury's lack of world title defences in the midst of his latest heavyweight mission.
But the 33-year-old has fired back, stating that the promoter stopped him fighting Joshua for "ten years".