Tyson Fury Compares Himself With Muhammad Ali and George Foreman: ‘I Am Cut From an Old Cloth’

Published 10/05/2021, 9:11 AM EDT
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Undefeated WBC champion Tyson Fury doesn’t view the modern era fighters anywhere close to his aura. He sees himself to be levels above the entire roster, especially having beaten several elites. ‘The Gypsy King’ believes he is like the old-age heavyweights we don’t see anymore in this generation.

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Standing a few days away from his first WBC title defense against Deontay Wilder on October 9, Fury sat down with Behind The Gloves and made a bold claim.

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He said, “I think the fighters of the past were different men than they are today. Not including myself. Because I am cut from an old cloth like they are. But the likes of the fighters that we have today making excuses that someone drugged his water or whatever. I don’t think that the new fighters from today would live with these old guys. Not at all. Too game, too rugged, and too tough.”

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Several names like Bob Arum have pitched Tyson Fury against the old-school legends in fantasy fights. The 6’9” giant has been the favorite of several people. Despite that, Fury has never boasted of his superiority before the legends and has always idolized them.

However, he has clearly been superior to the modern-age heavyweights. Although Tyson Fury is yet to face many of the current heavyweight stars, he has still been the best of them. Here’s a look at where he stands at this stage.

Tyson Fury – The Best of the era

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30-0-1 as a professional, Fury’s list of in-ring victims reflects Wladimir Klitschko, Deontay Wilder (2), Otto Wallin, and several more A-listers. He also looks capable enough of vanquishing every other fighter of the time, even though there are high chances of a reverse outcome. Hence, given the records, ‘The Gypsy King’ is undoubtedly a legend of the time.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury celebrates after knocking down Deontay Wilder during their Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Tyson Fury’s upcoming fight against Wilder will be a career-defining test which he cannot afford to lose. After all the celebrations and bold claims, a shocking loss to Wilder will snatch away Fury’s invincible aura and take away his opportunities to test himself against the likes of Anthony Joshua, Oleksandr Usyk, and Joe Joyce.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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