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George Foreman Identifies Important Reason Why Prime Mike Tyson Never Fought Him

George Foreman Identifies Important Reason Why Prime Mike Tyson Never Fought Him

George Foreman believes that he never crossed paths with a prime Mike Tyson due to legendary trainer Cus D'Amato warning 'Iron' Mike about his power.

The 71-year-old boxing legend made a sensational return to the sport in the late 1980s after a decade away from the squared circle.

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But Foreman, who would beat Michael Moorer to become world champion at the age of 45, didn't step into the ring with Tyson when he was sending shockwaves throughout the heavyweight division.

Speaking to On The Ropes Boxing host Jenna Jay, Foreman was asked if at any point there were any 'serious negotiations' surrounding a showdown with Tyson.

'Big George' admitted that negotiations did take place for a dream fight, but he believes that Tyson's former trainer "must have told him" about his feared punching power.

"There were a couple of times, serious negotiations were going on with the Mike Tyson fight," he explained.

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"Mike Tyson just didn't want to fight me. Not to say he couldn't have beaten me. I mean, this guy could punch.

"The bigger they are, the harder they'd fall as far as Mike Tyson was concerned.

"I guess that I have a feeling, his first original trainer and manager, Cus D'Amato, must have told him about George Foreman's punching power as though I would never come back.

"So sometimes when you come back and a guy remembers those stories, he says to himself, 'Look, leave that guy alone.'

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"But I don't think I would have been that much problem to him. I had a good left jab and I'd always do better when guys come to me, but Tyson was pretty smart with his footwork and hand speed.

"That would have been a tough fight for me."

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Topics: Mike Tyson, Boxing News, Baddest Man on the Planet, Boxing, Big George, Iron Mike, George Foreman, Cus D'Amato

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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