Retired UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov has wished Tyson Fury the best of luck on his maiden title defense.
The Gypsy King will defend his WBC strap against Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas early Sunday morning.
And boxing fan Nurmagomedov was quick to send a message to Britain after seeing comments on his recent Instagram post with Cristiano Ronaldo.
He wrote: “@GypsyKing101 Good luck this weekend.”
Former lightweight champion Nurmagomedov believes the undefeated Fury is the pound-for-pound best boxer on the planet.
Asked who he thinks is the best boxer in the world, Nurmagomedov told ESN News: “Right now? I really believe Tyson Fury is the best.
“Heavyweight and undefeated and he beat everyone.
“Like Very Close, Like Canelo” [Alvarez], [Oleksandr] Usik, [Terence] Crawford, very close like all these people.
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“Like my opinion is like Tyson Fury’s over the top right now.”
The heavyweight division was rocked late last month when Alexander Usik ended Anthony Joshua’s second reign as unified heavyweight champion.
And it would be nice to see Nurmagomedov toe the cunning southpaw with nimble fury.
He added: “I really want to see Usyk vs. Fury. It’s going to be a very good fight.
@gypsyking101 good luck this weekend
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Instagram comment to Tyson Fury
“He [Usyk] Has great skill and technique, Tyson Fury too.
“He’s not like other heavyweights, has more technique, his footwork is great, his conditioning is great, I really want to see Usyak against Fury.”
Fury, 33, stopped the bronze bomber in the seventh round after defeating Wilder in their Sin City showdown last February.
And the Gypsy King plans to do even better in its second Desert Dust-Up.
Speaking after his grand arrival outside the T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday night, Fury swore: “I’m going to get him out quickly.
“I think he’s a real piece of s**t, a real piece of garbage.
“For him I can take it slow, I can hit him and leave him. I can force him to say, ‘No mas.’”
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