- Mike Tyson praises Deontay Wilder for his confidence
- The 53-year-old admitted that he doesn't know if he would have beaten the 'Bronze Bomber' if they had met during his peak
- Wilder said authoritatively he would have knocked Tyson out while in his prime
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has admitted that he is unsure he would have beaten Deontay Wilder if they had met at his prime.
The 53-year-old boxing legend hinted earlier this month that he could come out of retirement and face off with reigning WBC titleholder sometime this year.
Although, there is no date proposed for this epic fight between the two Americans and no one knows if it would ever happen.
Wilder is currently gearing up for his re-match with British boxer Tyson Fury with the WBC title up for grabs.
Tyson added that he likes the 34-year-old's confidence, saying: "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.
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"He's supposed to think that way, he is the heavyweight champion of the world and that's something very special."
Two years ago, the 34-year-old said he would have knocked the boxing legend out during his prime in 1986.
"Me vs Tyson in '86, I'd kick the hell outta that guy," he told TMZ in 2018 and reported by Sport Bible.
"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."
Meanwhile, the 'Bronze Bomber' would be hoping to finish up what he started in December 2018 after both fighters shared the spoils after the 12th round at the Grand Garden Arena, in the United States.
Legit.ng earlier reported that American boxing legend Mike Tyson is planning to come out of retirement for the first time since he hanged his gloves.
The 53-year-old was unarguably one of the very best during his reign in the rings - winning 50 of his 58 fights in a career span that lasted for two decades.
Tyson remains one of the youngest and toughest boxers to have won the highest titles in the boxing category.
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