George Foreman believes Mike Tyson can become heavyweight world champion again and knock out the current champions.
‘Iron Mike’ returned to the ring on Saturday night for a charity game against Roy Jones Jr at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Although marked as a draw, Tyson’s physical condition and crisp punches impressed many fans who felt that a draw was unfair for the 54-year-old.
Speaking after the fight, Tyson argued that he would continue to fight exhibition fights for the sake of charity – but nothing more.
Still, Foreman, who became the longest-serving heavyweight champion in boxing history when he knocked out Michael Moorer at 45, believes the sky is the limit once again for the New Yorker.
“If he gets back into shape the way he is now, then gets his timing back, and all the other things fall into place, he may have the opportunity to fight for the title,” the Hall of Famer said on Sunday. at USA TODAY Sports.
“If he can be managed well, a champion, the right champion, will come to him. And if the right one comes, he can knock him out.
“Tyson looked great,” Foreman added. “He really did.
“And Roy Jones had to use all the old skills in the book to avoid getting knocked out.
“I just couldn’t believe what I saw. And it was just an exhibition. Just think if [Tyson] had some activity the past two years. He would be in line to be the world champion again at 54, 55. ”
When Foreman returned to boxing in 1987 after losing his world titles to Muhammad Ali at “Rumble in the Jungle,” the possibility of him fighting Tyson became all the more real.
“Kid Dynamite” was on his way to claim the undisputed world heavyweight titles against Michael Spinks and looked set to dominate the heavyweight landscape for years to come.
However, Ali reportedly told “ Big George ” to avoid Tyson due to his fierce punching power, while Tyson himself was also reportedly hesitant to share a ring with the 6-foot-3 slugger.
According to folklore, legendary trainer Cus D’Amato warned Tyson not to fight Foreman if the opportunity arose.
The duo watched tapes of Foreman’s fights with Joe Frazier and D’Amato noted how much the taller man enjoyed fighting smaller enemies who tried to pounce on him.
Bobby Goodman, who was Don King’s matchmaker for years, believes the youngster even went so far as to yell at King.
“You’ll never believe it, but Tyson is less afraid of Foreman and doesn’t want any part of him,” he told “The Sweet Science”.
“I was there when Don was trying to fight. He was telling Tyson that Foreman was a lot of money, plus he was old and slow and wouldn’t be a problem.
“Tyson stood up and yelled at King, saying, ‘I’m not fighting this fucking animal. If you love mother ***** so much, you fight her! ”