A few weeks ago, World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Tyson Fury revealed that he was one of the fighters directly approached to face Mike Tyson in an exhibition fight.
Tyson, 53-years-old and inactive since 2005, has been discussed the possibility of a comeback for several months. He wants to take part in several exhibition bouts to raise money for charity.
The former undisputed heavyweight champion has been releasing training videos to showcase his speed and power. Some of the videos have gone viral on social media with millions of views being racked up.
Fury, who was named at birth after ‘Iron Mike,’ had some interest in fighting his idol.
But, he says the money that was offered was very extremely low.
“His people contacted me, me and Mike had a phone call, it was all real but never materialized. Someone who was offering the money to Mike came back and offered us peanuts completely. Mike was talking about $500 million figures but what came back on paper was a joke, it was crazy,” Fury said to IFL TV.
“I did have a $10 million offer from ESPN to do the fight as an exhibition but I think everyone has moved on now.”
At the same time, Fury admits that he would have found himself in a tough situation – win or lose – had he entered the ring to fight Tyson.
“I would have just loved to share the ring with him and move around. But if he had won then people would have said I was rubbish because a 53-year-old beat me and if I had beaten him then I would have been a bully,” Fury said.
“It was a lose-lose situation for me. It was money I didn’t need to fight a man past his best.”