WBC President Backs Fury, Tyson World Title Fight

WBC President Backs Fury, Tyson World Title Fight

World Boxing Council  (WBC) president Mauricio Sulaiman has backed Mike Tyson’s sensational comeback – and revealed he could even face current holder Tyson Fury for the world title belt.

Talks of Tyson making a return to the ring after  retiring in 2005 – continues to make the headlines after announcing plans to box in exhibition bouts for charity.

But Sulaiman is eager Tyson, 53, to instead return to the professional game, where he twice reigned as WBC champion.

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He admitted he would even back the reformed Tyson to make a run for Fury’s heavyweight title. 

“I am very excited, very happy. He has brought great positive attention to the sport. Why? Because Mike Tyson is a hero and an icon,” he told Boxing Social.

“He fell in very difficult times, as many has done, and now it’s boxing that is bringing him back.

“Of course, it will be with the absolute care of the medicals, of the testing, the complete protocol to make sure whoever is in the ring is in top shape and has no additional risk.

“I am supporting it 100 per cent and if someone wants to say he wants to fight for the title, I will say he will and the WBC will be there!”

Fury revealed he was contacted to box the man he was named after, but admitted talks were short lived.

He told BT Sport: “I had a phone call saying, ‘Would you like to fight Mike Tyson in an exhibition fight?’ I said, ‘Hell yeah,’ but I don’t think anything’s materialised out of it.”

Tyson, who has spent the last month training with MMA coach Rafael Cordeiro, has been linked to a trilogy bout against 57-year-old Evander Holyfield, who is also making a comeback for charity.

Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs, 48, also claimed to have agreed a fight with his friend Iron Mike.

But Tyson has also received interest from MMA fighters, having been called out by Tito Ortiz.

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