Tyson Fury Says Mike Tyson Wanted $620M for Exhibition Fight: 'It Was Crazy'

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 25, 2020

Tyson Fury, of England, celebrates after defeating Deontay Wilder during a WBC heavyweight championship boxing match Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
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Any hopes of an exhibition match between heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury and Mike Tyson appear to be gone because of Tyson's apparent financial demands for the bout. 

In an interview with iFL.tv (h/t World Boxing News), Fury said "there was talk" of doing a fight with Tyson, but it didn't materialize because of money. 

“Mike was talking about £500 million ($620 million) figures but what came back to us on paper was a joke," Fury said. "It was crazy. I did have a $10 million offer from ESPN to do the fight as an exhibition, but I think everyone has moved on now."

Rumors about Tyson returning to the ring for the first time in 15 years picked up steam last month when he posted a workout video on Instagram with a two-word statement at the end of the recording: "I'm back."

During a Facebook live stream (h/t ESPN Ringside), Tyson said "anything is possible" and the "gods of war have reawakened me" about the possibility of fighting again. 

Fury confirmed in a May 26 interview with BT Sport that he received a "phone call asking if I wanted to fight Mike Tyson in an exhibition!"

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In his conversation with iFL.tv, though, Fury called a fight with Tyson "a lose-lose situation for me" because he "didn’t need to fight a man past his best.”

Since the Tyson exhibition looks to be off, Fury and promoter Bob Arum have been planning for a third fight against Deontay Wilder later this year. 

"We've talked to [Macau]," Arum told Sky Sports (h/t Nicholas McGee of Sporting News). "They're ready to put up money for the Fury fight against Wilder in November or December. We are waiting to see if the authorities in Macau will allow an event with full spectators in November or December."

Tyson hasn't had an official boxing match since June 2005 when he lost to Kevin McBride. He did fight Corey Sanders in a 2006 exhibition bout. 

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