Fury rejects Tyson’s $730m comeback demand
Boxing legend Mike Tyson wanted $AUD700 million to make his stunning comeback to the ring against Tyson Fury, but talks came to nothing after the British fighter claimed he received a "joke" offer.
The Gypsy King, 31, has revealed Tyson's team called him in a bid to negotiate a fight. But Fury said the figure they proposed he pocket was "crazy" - especially with Iron Mike, 53, set to bank hundreds of millions of dollars, The Sun reports.
Fury boasted he could beat Tyson, the former undisputed heavyweight king of the world, in his prime but isn't keen on a bout now after the pair failed to agree on the financial details.
Fury told iFL TV: "There was talk of it (a fight against Tyson for his comeback).
"His people contacted me, me and Mike had a phone call, it was all real but never materialised.
"Whoever was offering the comeback money to Mike offered us peanuts.
"Mike was talking about $700m figures but what came back to us on paper was a joke, it was crazy.
"I did have a $10m offer from ESPN to do the fight as an exhibition but I think everyone has moved on now."
Fury added he would have loved to have the chance to go toe-to-toe with his namesake but was concerned his reputation would suffer, whatever the result.
"I would have just loved to share the ring with him and move around," he said.
"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.
"It was a lose-lose situation for me.
"It was money I didn't need to fight a man past his best."
Despite that, Fury says he is keen to watch Tyson make his comeback to the ring.
The American looks in amazing shape, and recent workout videos he's posted online show he's lost none of the terrifying speed and power that once made him the Baddest Man on the Planet.
"I am backing his comeback," Fury said. "I have told him to follow the dream and fill the void because life is too short for regrets.
"If he wants to hear that crowd clapping then he should go for it.
"I am not a dream killer and if he can pass all the medicals and tests then I will buy the pay-per-view for sure."
This article first appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission
Originally published as Fury rejects Tyson's $730m comeback demand