DO YOU AGREE? Popular Boxer REVEALS That Muhammed Ali Couldn't Fight Tyson Because He Was Scared
Oct. 12, 2020
In a revelation that has kept people shocked to the bone, former world-renowned boxing legend, and Contender at the Historic Rumble in the Jungle, George Foreman made it known that fellow legend and greatest boxer on earth, Muhammed Ali once admitted to him that he didn't believe he could've beaten Mike Tyson in his prime.
Widely considered to be the two greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, many have passionately speculated as to who would have won if they'd met in their primes.
‘The Greatest’ was a pioneer in the heavyweight division and his popularity transcended sport as he danced around and drubbed the best fighters of his generation. Tyson is revered by many as one of the most destructive fighters to ever set foot in the ring as he displayed brutal speed and power to dominate the division in the 1980’s. But despite ‘Iron Mike’ insisting he would have been no match for Ali, George Foreman has revealed this view was not shared by the man himself.
In Fiaz Rafiq's, Muhammad Ali: The Life of a Legend as serialized by SunSport, Ali's 'Rumble in the Jungle' opponent Foreman revealed:
"Muhammad Ali told me himself. "I said to him, 'Do you think Tyson could beat anybody?'
"He said, 'Man, Tyson hits so hard.'
"He felt Tyson hit harder than anyone he'd faced.
"He told me once that he didn't have the confidence, he could have beaten Mike Tyson."
A man who knew both men well is legendary promoter Don King, who worked with both in his storied career.
The 88-year-old also features in the new book and he gave his opinion on both fighters.
"They were both great heavyweights," King begins. "Muhammad Ali had the blinding speed and he was a dancer in the ring. He was a fighter.
"He was a combination of things. He was emulating and imitating Sugar Ray Robinson, who was one of his idols.
"Ray Robinson, I think, was the best boxer of all time.
"Muhammad Ali made a heavyweight look like a middleweight the way he was fighting. Then he would coin all of his phrases and predictions.
"They would become exciting up to the countdown to see it. The people hated him or loved him."
He went on to explain that Tyson was less of a showman than Ali, but 'The Baddest Man on the Planet' had huge intensity.
"Mike Tyson had awesome, devastating power," King states.
"He was not the boxer that would be boxing and laughing - he was menacing. He was the guy that came in that they feared. You would be shivering in your bones. He would go out and seek and destroy.
"Ali would go another way. He would win with his skill, charm and wit.
"So these two guys were both great fighters. Mike Tyson, same thing - love him or hate him. But he was the menacing, devastating guy that wants to punch you so hard and put your nose up your brain.
"He was the kind of guy not to be loved like a guy like Muhammad Ali ended up being.
"But it was not that Ali wasn't in the beginning, because he was excoriated and vilified, but he was still at a time when he was making a move to become recognized by people."
The late, great Ali, who passed away in 2016, fought for the final time in 1981 - four years prior to Tyson lacing up the gloves professionally.
Of 61 professional fights, Ali won 56 - with three of his five defeats coming in his final four fights.
Tyson finished with a 50-6 record, similarly skewed by his last four fights aged 38.
Of his victories, an astonishing 44 came via knockout, as he established himself as the most feared fighter on the planet.
The veteran, now 53, is planning a comeback to the ring 15 years after retiring - to compete in exhibition bouts - with a number of high-profile contenders to face him having emerged.
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