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George Foreman's Response To If Joshua, Fury And Wilder Could Succeed In His Era

George Foreman's Response To If Joshua, Fury And Wilder Could Succeed In His Era

George Foreman believes that Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder would be successful fighters in his era.

The boxing legend told talkSPORT:

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"They are very good boxers.

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Image Credit: PA

"Wilder proved he could knock a guy out that he'd already knocked out before.

"Joshua proved that he can get up off the canvas, act like a gentleman, put his team together and win it all again."

"Fury, to be out for so long and go 12 rounds with the heavyweight champion of the world, these are magnificent fighters.

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"They could've existed in any era."

Foreman (L) taking on Muhammad Ali (R) at 'The Rumble in the Jungle' in 1974. (Image Credit: PA)
Foreman (L) taking on Muhammad Ali (R) at 'The Rumble in the Jungle' in 1974. (Image Credit: PA)

It's huge praise from Foreman considering the era of boxing he fought in.

The heavyweight division in the 1970's featured iconic names such as Muhammad Ali and Joe Fraizer alongside Foreman at the top.

Ali was often regarded as the most skilled boxer while the other two were beloved for their raw power between the ropes.

The trio had their own unique styles as do the three current fighters at the top of the tree.

Wilder recently knocked out Luis Ortiz while Joshua comfortably defeated Andy Ruiz Jr on points to reclaim his world titles.

On Joshua's dominant victory, Foreman believes he now has the balance of power and skill.

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"Not only is he a good fighter and a champion, he's also a pure boxer," the 70-year-old explained.

"He's a puncher and he's got a lot of knockouts to prove that, but the man is now labelled boxer/puncher.

"He's put the whole package together now and I was more than impressed."

The three fighters are set to be intertwined throughout 2020.

Wilder and Fury will have their highly anticipated rematch on February 22 after their controversial draw in December last year.

In the lead up to the rematch, Fury has parted with trainer Ben Davison, who was instrumental in the 31-year-old's dramatic weight loss of more than 100 pounds and subsequent comeback.

Joshua, meanwhile, is keen to take on Wilder in a title unification bout.

'AJ' holds the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles while the 'Bronze Bomber' holds the WBC title.

Despite Joshua claiming he's game for a unification bout, Wilder had claimed a fight would 'never happen.'

But the 34-year-old has changed his tune in recent days and said it 'has to happen.'

"I think it will happen. It definitely can happen," Wilder said. "When you say it 'will', you got to consider the time frame, it will happen, but when will it happen?

"And that's the point that I'm at, when will it happen? Because as a champion with the most prestigious, well-known belt in all of boxing, I'm willing and able to put it up at any given time."

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Topics: Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, George Foreman

Daniel Marland

Daniel is a freelancer journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.

 

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