WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has no problem with the ring returns of Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield - as long as they are matched against other fighters in or around their age group.
Fury, who was named after Tyson, does not understand the public backlash.
As long as Tyson and Holyfield pass their medicals, Fury fully supports their returns.
Tyson, 53-years-old and inactive since 2005, has been posting training clips and discussing his desire to return to the ring for a few exhibition bouts to raise money for charity.
And Holyfield, 57-years-old and inactive since 2011, has also started training again and wants to face Tyson in a trilogy fight.
Tyson recently stated that he's close to finalizing his return, but gave no hints regarding the identity of the opponent.
‘I think everyone to their own thing. I think if that’s what makes them tick and gives them a goal, then I’m all for it. Because I know what it’s like to have no goals, I know what it’s like to be sat on the sidelines watching everyone else. I know what it’s like to be a has-been. I’ve been there," Fury told IFL TV.
"I know what it’s like to suffer with mental health problems and then give myself a massive goal to achieve and I know what it’s like to set about achieving it. Mike Tyson is 53 years old and Evander Holyfield is nearly 60, if they want to do this this is their choice. Let them do it. We could say, ‘oh no, don’t let them do it’. But at the end of the day they are grown men. They know the risks, they know their responsibility. I say if they can pass medicals and pass all the brain scans and they are healthy and fit to box, then let them box.
"George Foreman was 44 years old when he won the world championship, how can we consider having an older heavyweight champion if they are not giving them the opportunity to? ‘If they are fighting exhibitions then it’s between them isn’t it and people their own age. Shannon Briggs is a bit younger than them and whoever else.
"But I wouldn’t like to see Mike fighting one of the top heavyweights because obviously 53 years old versus 35 or 30 [years old] it’s just not fair. ‘But to see him fight someone his own age like an old timer as well, fantastic, I’d love to see it. ‘If he’s definitely serious about it I’ll buy a pay per view, for sure. There’s one buy right here."