- Mike Tyson is unsure if he would have defeated Deontay Wilder in his prime
- The 34-year-old boxer bragged about out the knocking out the boxing legend
- But Lennox Lewis has come out to defend Tyson against the Bronze Bomber
Mike Tyson for once has responded with humility if he could knock out Deontay Wilder in his prime.
The Bronze Bomber had bragged about the idea of putting the former undisputed heavyweight king on the canvass despite his tremendous form back in the 80s.
"Me vs Tyson in '86, I'd kick the hell outta that guy," he told TMZ in 2018.
"Listen, I've got to keep it real. I know people always go back to the old school or look at the new school and there's no school where I'm not No 1 on Earth."
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And the Baddest Man on the Planet has responded to claims that he was not sure if the former WBC champion would have defeated him.
But the 53-year-old boxing legend admired his fellow American's tenacity over the claim that he made two years ago.
"I don't know [whether I'd beat him]," he said. "I love the fact that he thinks that, because that's the way I would think as well.
"He's supposed to think that way, he is the heavyweight champion of the world and that's something very special."
Tyson was initially asked in 2018 if he could have beaten him in a fight, and he reponded: "I don't think so."
But boxing legend Lennox Lewis had previously slammed Wilder for claiming he would have knocked out Tyson in his early 20s.
"I just heard Deontay Wilder said he would destroy a young Mike Tyson," he said.
"My thoughts are that it's easy to talk until you actually get in the ring. I like Wilder but he's never been in there with someone that ferocious who truly wants to break his ribs with every punch. I don't see it.
"I love Wilder's confidence... you need that to sit atop the heavyweight division... he's hungry and shows up in probably best shape in division... but there's levels to it... and he's still adding to his arsenal.
"My best advice to the entire crop of young heavyweight champs is to focus on being the best of YOUR era! Out of respect and reality. It's unprovable. Of course people asked, but I found no need to speculate or compare myself to my idol Ali or any other of the past greats.
"History will decide your place among the all time greats... so go out there, clean up the division, defend your title, reign supreme and your work will speak for itself."
Meanwhile. Legit.ng had earlier reported that Mike Tyson is preparing for a sensational return to boxing in an exhibition fight to help raise money for the less privileged.
The 53-year-old showed his unbelievable speed and punch power while hitting hard on pads with his trainer.
In a video clip posted on Instagram for former undisputed heavyweight champion was still menacing like in the days he knocked out his opponents.
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