TYSON FURY will join Muhammad Ali and George Foreman as a comeback king if he beats Deontay Wilder on Saturday night.
Ali lost three prime years of his career for refusing the draft for the Vietnam war and still came back to become The Greatest.
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And Foreman incredibly took a decade out of the ring before returning to become the heavyweight world champion for a second time aged 45.
The Gypsy King took 924 days out after beating Wladimir Klitschko for three of the titles in November 2015 as he battled depression and drug abuse.
He could now become the WBC king in just his third fight in as many years and Lennox Lewis says it would put him in the boxing pantheon.
The last undisputed heavyweight king said: “It will be one of the greatest comebacks. It will be a part of history.
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“People will look at him being written off to coming back and I think that has motivated him.
“He wants to be champion again and this is the perfect stage.
“It ranks as a part of history – he wants to prove everybody wrong.”
Lewis, 53, believes Fury’s best chance of emulating his heroes is a points win over the huge-hitting Tuscaloosa ace.
And he expects to see the 30-year-old Brit at his mocking best as he tries to get under the American’s skin.
The 6ft 9in Traveller has been full of bombast and contradictions in the build-up and Lewis hopes he is stable enough to execute his gameplan.
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He said: “It’s frustrating boxing a guy who is taking the mickey out of you.
“He sticks his face and chin out and then you swing and it isn’t there – that is frustrating especially for someone inexperienced like Deontay is. I have no idea what Fury is going to do.
“I hope he is stable enough, there is a lot of pressure but he has taken it on and said he wants it.
“Fury has a big weight on his shoulders by boxing in another country and he took that.
"Will the pressure get to him? It shouldn’t because he put himself in that position and he knows what he has to do.”
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WBO, WBA and IBF champ Anthony Joshua should fight the winner to decide a new undisputed ruler but AJ’s talks with both sides have so far come to nothing and ended in slanging matches.
But Lewis hopes the final bell in the early hours of Sunday morning sparks the countdown to the biggest fight in British boxing history.
He said: “Both can beat AJ because they are both big guys and every punch is crushing for anyone.
“Every fight is dangerous but I would say Deontay would really hurt Joshua because I have seen that raw power.
“I imagine the countdown is to Joshua, he is the man at the top, someone always wants him, it is what happens when you are at the top.”