Alleged Financial Pitch Revealed For Potential Tyson Fury-Mike Tyson Fight
Not long ago, it was revealed that Tyson Fury was contacted by Mike Tyson’s team for a potential clash. This came after “Iron” Mike announced his intentions to return to the boxing ring for the first time since 2005 for charity. The current WBC Heavyweight Champion in Fury didn’t reveal much besides a few points from the brief conversation.
“I did get a phone call with a chance to fight Mike Tyson… I got a phone call saying, ‘Would you like to fight Mike Tyson in an exhibition fight?’ I was like ‘Hell yeah!’ I don’t think anything has materialized out of it, to be honest,” Fury stated.
Tyson (50-6, 2 NC) is looking to fight for those who are struggling with additions, among other issues. He has received several offers to compete, with prices ranging from $1 million to $20 million. While he has been away from the ring, the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history has appeared in the pro wrestling world. How much was Tyson looking to make in a bout with the current lineal and WBC Heavyweight Champion?
Fury ended up revealing all to IFL TV, stating:
“His people contacted me,” said Fury, via World Boxing News. “Mike and I had a phone call, it was all real but never materialized. Whoever was offering the comeback money to Mike offered us peanuts. Mike was talking about £500 million ($620 million) figures but what came back to us on paper was a joke. It was crazy.
“I did have a $10m offer from ESPN to do the fight as an exhibition but I think everyone has moved on now.”
Tyson last fought in 2005 and ended his career on a two-fight losing streak. With 44 wins via knockout, The 53-year-old Tyson has shown his new physique to the world, thanking stem cell treatment for the help. He now is under 230 pounds after weighing over 300 at one point.
The 31-year-old Fury is currently scheduled to face Deontay Wilder in a trilogy bout sometime in November or December. If everything worked out, Fury would have been interested in a Tyson bout but saw the fight as a no-win situation for him.
“I would have just loved to share the ring with him and move around,” Fury went on to say. “But if he had won then people would have said I was rubbish because a 53-year-old beat me. If I had beaten him then I would have been a bully.
“It was a lose-lose situation for me. It was money I didn’t need to fight a man past his best.”