Legendary boxing announcer Michael Buffer says Tyson Fury is the greatest heavyweight in the world right now and is on the cusp of becoming one of the sport's all-time greats.
Buffer – famous for his iconic 'Let's Get Ready to Rumble' catchphrase – reckons the Gypsy King just needs to fight for the undisputed world title before he can make that final leap to superstardom.
The Manchester-born boxer recently defeated Deontay Wilder in the final of their trilogy matches to retain his WBC and The Ring titles, whilst also preserving his undefeated record.
The win came just two weeks after fellow Brit Anthony Joshua lost his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO straps to Oleksandr Usyk.
Speaking to Betfred, Buffer said he wants to see Fury fight the winner of Usyk's rematch with Joshua before deciding whether or not he's one of boxing's greatest ever champions.
"Fury is probably the best defensive fighter we’ve seen in many years. For a big man nobody moves, or has ever moved, the way he does defensively," said Buffer.
“AJ’s loss to Usyk and Fury’s defeat of Wilder undoubtedly means Fury is the top heavyweight in the world right now, but in the past two years we've only seen him fight one opponent.
“When you evaluate somebody's career, and how they rank amongst the all-time greats, I think you must wait until there's a bigger body of work against different opponents with different styles so it’s really difficult to say right now, having only fought Wilder over the past two years."
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After Joshua's loss to Usyk, the chance to stage a 'super-fight' between AJ and Fury appeared to have gone, but Buffer doesn't see it that way.
"Right now, everybody is saying ‘Oh my God, that’s the super-fight gone’ and, let’s face it, whoever wins the rematch between Usyk and AJ, that fighter has to fight Fury, and then that will become the ‘super-fight’.
"The fans just want to see an undisputed heavyweight champion, want to see somebody holding all of the belts… one heavyweight champion of the world!"
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