Boxing legend George Foreman believes Mike Tyson could teach some of the younger boxers a few things. He said he thinks Tyson, who is 54, could make a run for the heavyweight title.
“If he gets 3 more exhibitions like that. At that level, I would even back him in challenging any title contender, even a champion,” Foreman told TMZ Sports. “If the right situation arrived, Mike Tyson could be in for a good title shot … and [with 3 more] of these exhibitions, he can beat some of these guys who can be champion out there.”
Foreman would like to see Tyson take on contenders like Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder. He thinks Tyson, who became heavyweight champion at age 20, could beat some of his younger competition.
“If you go 8 two-minute rounds, I’d back Tyson,” Foreman said. “10 two-minute rounds, I’d back Tyson!”
Mike Tyson Fought Roy Jones Jr.
Recently, Tyson came out of retirement to face off against Roy Jones Jr. The last time Tyson competed was in 2005. Meanwhile, Jones Jr. himself retired two years ago after a prolific and historic boxing career. The two titans came out of retirement to prove they’re still able to electrify the boxing world.
“I was on the edge of my seat,” Foreman said. “I did exhibitions with Sonny Liston, I’ve seen [Muhammad Ali] do exhibitions, but I’ve never seen one that exciting, never.”
Ultimately, the match ended in a draw between the two, perhaps signaling a rematch in the near future. But if Tyson has his way, his next opponent would possibly be Evander Holyfield. Some would think Holyfield would be hesitant to face Tyson in the ring again. Infamously, Tyson bit off part of Holyfield’s ear in their 1997 bout.
But Holyfield himself wants to fight. Holyfield told ESPN, “My side tried to make the fight happen and we got nothing but excuses. Now I can see why he wanted a tuneup fight before thinking about fighting me.”
“No more excuses. This is the fight that must happen for both our legacies,” he continued. “Saturday night you said you were ready to fight me, so sign the contract and get in the ring, Tyson. The world is waiting and it’s on you now. I’m ready.”