Tyson Fury became a ‘living legend’ after his dramatic trilogy victory over Deontay Wilder.
That’s the idea of cruiserweight contender Andrey Mangushev, who spent time and trained with the Gypsy King in Miami this summer.
Months later, Fury scored a dramatic knockout victory against Wilder in his third bout, with both men winning Mangushev’s respect.
He told World Boxing News: “For me, it was a great honor to train with a great man. In my opinion, Tyson Fury is the best heavyweight I’ve ever had.
“After the third fight with Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury became a living legend. We know this because Deontay Wilder is a very powerful boxer.
“Wilder deserves a lot of respect not only as a unique puncher but also as a true warrior.
“Even though he lost twice, he never gave up and kept fighting. It deserves a lot of respect.”
Fury, 33, and Wilder, 36, fought for the first time in 2018, which ended in a controversial draw.
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But the unbeaten Brit made no mistake in the rematch and the trilogy that followed, winning rounds seven and then 11.
Fury wanted to face Alexander Usyk, who defeated Anthony Joshua in September – next in an undisputed title decider.
But instead, 34-year-old Usyak has been signed for an immediate rematch with 32-year-old Joshua, scheduled for April 2022.
Russian Mangushev, 23, who stands at 6ft 7in, still believes a future fight between the Ukrainian and Fury is ‘one of the most anticipated events’ in boxing.
He said: “I’m very excited for the undisputed championship fight between Tyson and Usyk.
“I think it will be a great fight between not only two of the smartest boxers. But also a clash of two very different styles and tactics.
“Considering the fact that Usyak has gained weight, it will be a tough challenge for him.
“He probably does not anticipate what kind of force he will face in that fight. This is one of the most anticipated events.
“Tyson became a respected mentor to me. Not only in boxing but also as a highly spiritual figure and a true philanthropist.”