George Foreman Thinks Mike Tyson Can Win Again


Published: June 28, 2005

Source: blackathlete

by Ralph Cooper

Foreman, the oldest world heavyweight boxing champion of
all-time,believes he has the plan to manage and train the youngest
world heavyweight champion of all-time Mike Tyson back to the

won the heavyweight title the first time in 1973 with a win over Joe
Frazier.At the age of 45 in 1994, he upset Michael Moorer to win the
title for the second time.

Tyson won
the title for the first time in 1986 defeating Trevor Berbick to become
the youngest heavyweight champion of all time at 20. At the age of 38,
Foreman thinks Tyson has a chance to win the title a third time.

“I think
of potential when I see him now,” Foreman told this reporter recently
in Houston, Texas. “At 38 or 39 years-old he had a long way to go. He
shouldn’t be thinking it is all over for him. He needs people around
him telling him it is not over. He can still turn things around.”

retired for more than ten years before he made a comeback at the
age of 39. He compares his fighting at that age with Tyson’s situation

“He is in
the prime of his life,” Foreman added seriously.”People forget.He can
comeback. People will still be with him.He shouldn’t be thinking it is
all over. I started my comeback around the same age.”

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praises the job the late Cus D’Amato and Mike Jacobs did managing and
training Tyson to the title in his early days. But Foreman claims Tyson
is being mismanaged now.

“I have
some questions about how he has been managed,”Foreman ripped. “He is
being over matched. They are matching with guys much bigger than he is.
It is the worst managing job I’ve seen.”

It was
when pressed about how he would manage Tyson that Foreman disclosed his
desire to also manage and train the former champion.

“Mike Tyson
is a great story,” George. “He has seen it all. He has experienced
the good and bad, great and sad. In his early days his people had him
constantly fighting. They had him mentally prepared to fight. He was
evenly matched physically and mentally.”

Tyson has
lost three of his last four fights. He had a title bout with Lennox
Lewis. Lewis decked Tyson to keep the title. It is after the Lewis
fight where Foreman criticizes the handlers of Tyson.

he gets in the ring after Lewis he is fighting as if he is the
heavyweight champion,” Foreman says. “He is not a champion now. When he
was younger and quicker he was able to deal with bigger guys but he was
also fighting once or twice a month and then sometimes every two
months. He was fighting more often. He has gotten heavier.”

says he felt the Tyson pain when Tyson went to the canvas and later
quit on the stool against Kevin McBride in Washington,

“He was
winning and then he let it get away,”George shared.”It looked like he
slipped. But it was a slip of millions in dollars in debt. It falls
like that sometime on us. His troubles are big. But again he was
winning the fight.”

Foreman Plan calls for Tyson to fight lesser talented opponents,stay
off television and pay-per-view for awhile. Then after a few wins
explode back on the scene with plently of confidence and his skills

“He has to
go back to boxing the right way,” Foreman said. “After six wins that
way come back and go out the right way. He needs to fight guys like him
for awhile. Guys his size.Guys who have lost some fights recently.He
can come back and hit the big fights again and clear up his debt
problems and win again. It is all there for him. I know with the right
dedication and surroundings he can do it. I did it. I’m speaking from
experience. I can share it with him. I can help him. I want to help
him.I’m available to help him.He can get his fight game going the right
way again and I can help him.”

Foreman also says Tyson will have to take the first step if he would like his help.

“In my
time I’ve never seen a business mismanaged like him,” Foreman
disclosed. “He has generated billions. The reports are he lost $300
million. Mike Tyson needs a good manager. His personal life is
not my business. He can have another chance. He can do it. I will not
call him. He can call me if he would like for me to help him. I’m
always available at my youth center here in Houston. When I came back I
called people. When I wanted to do it the right way I made the calls.
Mike has to make the call.I’m available if he calls.”