KEY POINTS

  • Muhammad Ali Jr said his father would have kicked Mike Tyson's butt
  • Ali Jr calls Tyson a street fighter not a boxer
  • Floyd Mayweather Sr thinks Ali would beat Tyson in their primes

Muhammad Ali Jr. took a dig at Mike Tyson and said that “Iron Mike” was a street fighter and not a boxer.

An interesting debate sparked recently in the boxing world. Following a virtual simulation fight courtesy of the World Boxing Super Series between two of the greatest boxers of all time Ali and Tyson, boxing personalities started to share their thoughts about which heavyweight icon was better.

In the virtual fight, Tyson ended up victorious over the late Ali. Though the fight was indeed a fantasy fight, it was interesting enough to make current heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua weigh in on the match-up.

Joshua insisted Tyson would still beat Ali in a real fight, given that they are both in their primes. However, Ali Jr, one of the late icon’s nine children, believes his father was way more classy and talented compared to Tyson.

According to Ali Jr, Tyson could never stand a chance against his father during their primes simply because Ali was a true boxer and “Iron Mike” was not. The legend’s son even blasts Tyson’s style of fighting saying the youngest heavyweight champ in history could never go 15 rounds against his father.

“My father would have kicked his butt. Everybody says Mike Tyson would have kicked your father’s butt. I said no, Ali Jr told The Sun in a recent interview.

“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!,” Ali Jr added.

Tyson has yet to response to Ali Jr’s statement. However, shortly after Joshua said that he would have beaten Ali, Tyson himself disagreed and insisted that he would have lost a real fight against the late boxing great.

"I know it's a fantasy game. Most likely I would win the fantasy, but I wouldn't win the real fight. Ali's the greatest there's ever been," Tyson said Thursday, per the  Mirror.

Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali, pictured April 23, 2013 at the World Iconic Forum, the legendary boxer who passed away a year ago had a way with words. Photo: Reuters

It seems like the younger generation seems to favor Tyson over Ali. But the boxing personalities from the past eras are still convinced that Ali was the better fighter and even the greatest of all time.

Prior to the Tyson vs. Ali virtual fight, Floyd Mayweather Sr, father of undefeated champ Mayweather Jr already said that Ali would still beat a prime Tyson. Mayweather Sr even hailed Ali as the only “true fighter” to date despite his son being named as the no. 1 boxer in the world.

mike tyson us open 2018 Former US boxer Mike Tyson (C) watches Serena Williams play against Magda Linette during their 2018 US Open match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on Aug. 27, 2018. Photo: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images