Tyson Fury has claimed he would have no trouble beating a prime Mike Tyson as he labelled himself the best heavyweight boxer of the last thousand years.
The Gypsy King is aiming to be crowned the undisputed champion when he faces Anthony Joshua twice next year in a mouthwatering Battle of Britain.
Fury believes it is a question of when and not if he will get his hands on all four belts and claims no legendary fighter could have stood in his way.
The 31-year-old was asked specifically on whether he would have relished a scrap against Iron Mike.
And when asked who would win between the pair, Fury told Steve Bunce on BT Sport: ‘There isn’t a heavyweight from any era in the last a thousand years that could’ve tackled me or beat me.
“Never mind Mike Tyson from the 80s, Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, Lennox Lewis, George Foreman, Ken Norton, Rocky Marciano, Floyd Patterson, Gene Tunney, Jem Mace, John L. Sullivan.
“Going right back to the beginning, not one of them could’ve beaten the Gypsy King. I’m too big, I’m too good and I’ve got too many styles for them. I’m an adapter and they couldn’t even beat me anyway.
“I’m the greatest fighter that has ever lived. Never mind heavyweight, greatest fighter that’s ever lived.
Tyson is expected to make a stunning return to the ring in an exhibition scrap after the former heavyweight king shared another sensational video of himself hitting pads last month.
It comes 33 years after Tyson announced himself as a legend in boxing after being crowned the youngest heavyweight champion ever.
Meanwhile, Fury must still face a trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder after comprehensively beating the previously undefeated American to claim the WBC belt earlier this year, before he can face Joshua.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has also called on the WBC not to crown a ‘franchise’ champion and to make him face his mandatory challengers, including Dillian Whyte.
Hearn told YouTube channel BoxingSocial: ‘We don’t want the WBC to make Fury ‘franchise’ champion.
“Let him take care of his mandatory just like Joshua’s taking care of his.