By Oliver Dawnay
7th May 2020,
Updated: 7th May 2020,
Tyson Fury’s father, John, has challenged boxing legend Mike Tyson to fight him.
While Tyson has risen back to the top of the heavyweight division, Fury senior has become awell-known personalityin British boxing in his own right over the past couple of years.
John was an unexpected star of theFurys’ recent ITV documentaryand is very often seen by his son’s side at crucial moments.
The 55-year-old, who also used to box professionally, recently agreed to step back into the ringto fight former bodybuilder Mickey Theo.
The pair, both in their mid-50s, have exchanged callout videosonline in the past week.
And after delivering a dressing down to Theo where he claimed he will settle only for a bareknuckle bout, Fury then turned his attention to legendary former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.
Tyson, who is now 53, recently announced plans to return to the ring in four-round exhibition bouts.
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“Forget you bum [Theo], I’m looking at Mike Tyson,” said John Fury.
“Mike’s making a comeback; I don’t value my life at 50p but let me tell you something, Mike Tyson is worth doing charity with.
“He’s a proper king of a champion, a proper man tried and tested, not some doorman who I used to practice on as a 14-year-old boy. If I didn’t knock out four or five a night when I was 15 I was disappointed.
“I’ll fight Mike Tyson, he’s making a comeback. I know he mentions my boy’s name every five minutes, but here I am, John Fury is hiding from no man, not even the king of the old men Mike Tyson.
“I will fight Mike Tyson; I will not be denied, I will die in a fight.”