Muhammad Ali's Son Has His Say On Fantasy Fight Against Mike Tyson
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Muhammad Ali's eldest son has joined in the debate about who would have won a fantasy fight between his dad and Mike Tyson, and is backing his dad all the way.
Boxing fans love nothing more than discussing who would have won between two fighters of different eras fighting against each other at their peak.
Ali vs Tyson is probably the most talked about fantasy fight with even Anthony Joshua having his say just a week ago.
Now Ali's eldest son has joined in the debate. "My father would have kicked his butt. Everybody says Mike Tyson would have kicked my father's butt. I said no," Muhammad Ali Jr said in the book 'Muhammad Ali: The Life of a Legend', by Fiaz Rafiq.
"Tyson can't go the distance. He couldn't go fifteen rounds.
"He's not a boxer. He's a street fighter. He's a knockout artist. He can never hold up to my father!"
The debate was recently sparked again when the World Boxing Super Series ran an e-sport version of their tournament for legendary heavyweights.
Ali repeated his real life victory against Sonny Liston, a fight he was never expected to win when they originally faced, to meat Tyson in the final, with 'Iron Mike' beating George Foreman in his own semi.
In the virtual tournament it was the former 'Baddest Man on the Planet' who was victorious.
Ali Jr though thinks that a fight against Bruce Lee would have given his dad more issues, adding, "That would have been a good fight.
"They were both young, they were both agile and both took it to the limit with their training. They both were the best at what they did.
"He's like the Muhammad Ali of karate. I think it would have been a good fight between my father and Lee."
For what it's worth Tyson also doesn't believe that he'd have beaten Ali. Speaking to Yahoo Sports the former two time heavyweight champion said, "I know it's a fantasy game. Most likely I would win the fantasy, I wouldn't win the real fight. Ali's the greatest there's ever been."
Tyson's win on the game came after 12 rounds, despite being knocked down in the first, as he won 114-111 after knocking his opponent down twice, once in the second round and once in the fifth.
The book on Ali's life is available from May 7th.