Mike Tyson knows a thing or two about the fight game and about overcoming adversity, and the good news for Tyson Fury fans is that "Iron Mike" has given their man a fighting chance of beating the "Bronze Bomber" on Saturday.
The clock is ticking, the odds are being shortened, and the clash of the titans will soon light up Las Vegas like a testosterone-fueled Christmas tree. Now, while the smart money may be on Deontay Wilder to defend his unbeaten record and silence the doubters, Fury has the unpredictability of the underdog on his side -- and the true grit of a natural born fighter.
Here is a man who had the world in the palm of his hand -- and nigh on lost everything, as personal turmoil and depression ravaged a champ who seemingly went from dizzying heights to rock bottom in the blink of an eye. The "Gypsy King" said that he even contemplated suicide in 2016, as his life spiraled out of control.
Since those dark days, Fury has battled his demons and has apparently laid them to rest. Make no mistake, he's back -- bigger and badder than ever before -- and determined to make one of the greatest boxing comebacks in history. All he needs to do now is take Wilder's scalp, and claim the throne.
It's not an easy task, but it can be done. Fury believes it, as does the legendary fighter who he was named after, Mike Tyson.
IOL reports that Tyson has said that it's Fury's ability to rebuild his career which could give him the edge over Wilder.
"Although Wilder's punch is strong, nothing can compare to the mental strength Fury has shown both in and out of the ring. It'll be a close call, but I think Fury's got a true fighting chance."And Mike Tyson isn't the only heavyweight who's backing Fury to deliver the goods. Both Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield believe that Fury can dethrone Wilder on Saturday -- if the WBC championship fight goes the distance
Wilder's punching power has been tipped to win the fight in the early stages, but Lewis and Holyfield both believe that, if Fury stays on his feet, the fight is his for the taking.
Holyfield explained, "I think with Deontay's power, he might be able to end it early, but if Tyson can frustrate him and it goes the distance, then it could go either way."
"Tyson's always been the bigger fighter. In fighting Deontay it's the same case. If things get difficult he's (Fury's) got more experience and a lot of tricks."Former undisputed heavyweight king, Lennox Lewis, echoed Holyfield's sentiments. Lewis said, "If it goes the distance then it belongs to Tyson Fury. If it's a short fight, it belongs to Deontay Wilder."Getty Images | Victor Decolongon
It's safe to say that there's a lot at stake in the battle of the unbeaten fighters -- not least a potentially lucrative unification bout against the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Win, lose, or draw -- something epic is coming our way this Saturday.