George Foreman: Legend says he feared a boxing bout with Mike Tyson

George Foreman: Legend says he feared a boxing bout with Mike Tyson

Legendary boxer George Foreman has revealed that he never wanted to meet fellow American boxing great Mike Tyson in a boxing bout.

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A two-time heavyweight champion Foreman won his first title after knocking out the then-undefeated Joe Frazier in 1973.

After two successful defences, Big George, as Foreman is popularly known, lost the world title to Muhammad Ali in 1974 in the famous Rumble In Jungle.

Failing to reclaim the title, Foreman retired from the sports after a defeat after a loss to Jimmy Young in 1977 aged 28.

He returned to boxing 10 years later. And his comeback coincided with the rise of Mike Tyson who had won the WBC heavyweight title in 1986 aged 20 years.

Though many boxing fans at the time anticipated a fight between the Foreman and Tyson, it never materialised.

Speaking in a recent interview with ESPN’s Max Kellerman, Foreman confessed that he did not want any part of Tyson as he was scared of him.

"If he missed you with his left, then missed you with his right, he'd bite you. I didn't want anything to do with that guy. He was scared and I was glad of that. I didn't want a part of Mike Tyson," he said.

Despite his fear of Tyson, Big George also revealed an admiration for Tyson's skills saying: “His footwork was outstanding and he could hit you very quickly. In his prime there was nothing like him.”

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