- Mike Tyson has praised Deontay Wilder for his confidence
- The 53-year-old admitted that he doesn't know if he would have beaten the 'Bronze Bomber' if they had met during his peak
- Wilder said authoritatively he would have knocked Tyson out while in his prime
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has admitted that he is unsure if he would have beaten Deontay Wilder if they had met in his prime.
The 53-year-old boxing legend hinted earlier this month that he could come out of retirement and face off with reigning WBC titleholder sometime this year.
However, there is no date proposed for this epic fight between the two Americans and no one knows if it will ever happen.
Wilder is currently gearing up for his re-match with British boxer Tyson Fury with the WBC title up for grabs.
Tyson added that he likes the 34-year-old's confidence, saying: "I don't know [whether I'd beat him]," he said. "I love the fact that he thinks that, because that's the way I would think as well.
"He's supposed to think that way, he is the heavyweight champion of the world and that's something very special."
Two years ago, the 34-year-old said he would have knocked the boxing legend out during his prime in 1986.
"Me vs Tyson in '86, I'd kick the hell outta that guy," he told TMZ in 2018 and reported by Sport Bible.
"Listen, I've got to keep it real. I know people always go back to the old school or look at the new school and there's no school where I'm not No 1 on Earth."
Meanwhile, the 'Bronze Bomber' would be hoping to finish up what he started in December 2018 after both fighters shared the spoils after the 12th round at the Grand Garden Arena in the United States.
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