Exclusive: Tyson Fury has 'great charisma' like Muhammad Ali

Fury is regarded as the most outspoken, charismatic heavyweight fighter since the great Muhammad Ali...

Tyson Fury has 'great charisma', says the WBC president after being compared to boxing icon Muhammad Ali.

"The Greatest" was not only known for his achievements in the ring but for also the way he dealt with the media and created awareness on social causes.

Fury - just the second fighter after Riddick Bowe to have held all four heavyweight world titles in the modern era - has been a big advocate of raising awareness about mental health since experiencing it himself.

Depression, heavy drinking and weight gain saw Fury have three years out of the ring before producing a sensational comeback to beat Deontay Wilder in their 2020 rematch.

Rated as the standout fighter of his division, lineal titlist Fury will now make the first defence of his world title against Wilder on October 9 and is a heavyweight favourite to deliver another stunning victory over his American rival.

Mauricio Suliaman believes Fury is up there with any fighter past or present when it comes to ability and personality.

"He has great charisma - a great way of communication. [Muhammad] Ali was outspoken, Mike Tyson was not spoken but had an unbelievable charisma because of how of the way he performed with those first-round knockouts all the time so we think his career will always be defined and he's always moving forward - he's a sensational star worldwide," he told Planet Sport.

Fury and Wilder will finally collide in a third encounter after a court ruling blocked a possible British showdown between the former and Anthony Joshua.

The bout got rescheduled from July 24 to October 9 after Fury tested positive for Covid-19 - the second time the "Gypsy King" has had the disease.

There is a new unified heavyweight king in Oleksandr Usyk though, after the Ukrainian southpaw outpointed Joshua at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

It leaves a showdown between Fury and Joshua dead in the water for now and a rematch between Usyk and AJ is likely to take place around March time.

While Sulaiman continues to monitor the situation of Dillian Whyte - the No.1 rated fighter in the WBC rankings - he is just focused on the trilogy bout for now.

"We've been waiting a long time for the official notification and as I said we all expected to have the rematch or trilogy on December 19 last year and then it didn't happen.

"They then started teasing about the Fury-Joshua fight they were dragging the announcement and then all of a sudden came the confirmation of Fury-Wilder 3 so we had to administer with such decisions and we are just waiting waiting for October 9," he added.

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