Boxing heavyweight Tyson Fury has posted an Instagram tribute to his hero, Mike Tyson .
The American is widely regarded as one of the sport’s greatest champions after his impressive 50-6 record in the ring.
Tyson called time on his professional career in 2005, three years before Fury made his professional debut.
The Gypsy King has been a long-time fan of Tyson and took to Instagram to show his appreciation for the former heavyweight.
Posting a picture of Tyson at a weigh-in, Fury wrote: “This is the original bad man @miketyson he would of smashed them all in his prime. #baddestmanagereverliveth happy to carry his name, #TYSONFURY #GYPSYKING.”
This isn’t the first time the Brit has shown his love for his boxing counterpart.
Deontay Wilder , who is now Fury’s main rival in the heavyweight division, once said he struck more fears into his opponents than Tyson ever did.
This prompted a response from Fury, who was less than convinced.
“This is a message to Deontay Wilder,” he wrote on Instagram earlier this year.
“I’ve just seen another ridiculous statement from you, Wilder. That you’ve got more of a fear factor than Mike Tyson.
“You’re a dreamer you are, honestly. I’ve never seen a man dream so much in my life.
“I don’t know why you’re taking the great Mike Tyson’s name in vein… You keep mentioning his name even though he isn’t in your era.
“However, there is a Tyson in your era. And I’ll stop you in five rounds, you bum. You lanky skinny legged dosser.
“You’re a chinless bum… If you want a fight, come to the mack daddy, come see the gypsy king…”
Fury and Wilder’s first drought ended in a controversial draw in the US.
The duo are scheduled to clash again in February for the WBC heavyweight title.