Tyson Fury Reveals How Mike Tyson’s Speed Made Him a Special Fighter

Published 12/11/2021, 10:30 AM EST
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – OCTOBER 13,2001: Mike Tyson (R) throws a right punch against Brian Nielsen during the fight at the Parken, on October 13,2001 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mike Tyson won by a TD 7. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)

Reigning WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has always been a fan of Mike Tyson. He even got his name Tyson from the ‘Baddest Man On The Planet’, who was the champion back when Tyson Fury took birth. Well, that’s not just the sole reason why ‘The Gypsy King’ is so fond of Tyson.

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Mike Tyson was arguably the most vicious puncher of his time and was a global superstar. Focusing more on his larger-than-life persona, several people even tagged Tyson as an overrated boxer. However, Tyson Fury has recently given his take on what made Mike Tyson a special champion.

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In a video posted by Ring Digital, Fury was heard saying, “A lot of people underestimate Mike Tyson’s speed as well. Yes, it was the speed that was coming. It wasn’t like the one punch, ahh, what single slow punch.”

“I was fast and it was coming left up, right up, down, side to side. It was coming from all angles and he was very ferocious and speedy and he could knock a man out with either hand, as we have seen. And the fear factor as well, a lot of people going in there were already beaten from Mike Tyson.”

There’s no denying Mike Tyson was a ferocious champion. In a career of 50 wins and 6 losses, he has 44 KOs in his favor. Besides, Tyson is one of the hard-hitting heavyweights to have ever played the sport. While Deontay Wilder from this era can challenge Tyson’s status, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ actually claimed himself to be a better KO-artist than Mike Tyson before facing Fury.

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How did Tyson Fury defend Mike Tyson against Deontay Wilder?

In a debate of who’s the better puncher between Tyson and Wilder, the latter picked himself. It didn’t sit well with Tyson Fury, who has idolized Mike Tyson all his life. He promised to outclass Wilder in their rematch after a split decision draw in 2018.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury knocks down Deontay Wilder in the fifth round 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)

In a video dedicated to Mike Tyson, ‘The Gypsy King’ promised to stop Wilder and did it in the seventh round of their main event bout in February 2022. To this day, Fury is a fan of Mike Tyson and this shall prevail throughout the time. Despite being a loudmouth, Fury has never boasted of his supremacy over Mike Tyson.

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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. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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