George Foreman: Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. bout ‘really dangerous’
Boxing legend George Foreman is pumping the brakes on the recently announced Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. exhibition bout, warning that the fight has the potential to be “really dangerous” for both boxers.
It was announced last Thursday that Tyson and Jones will square off in an eight-round exhibition match currently scheduled for Sept. 12. Foreman, however, is skeptical about the safety of Tyson, 54, and Jones, 51, stepping back into the ring if the plan is for them to engage in a legitimate fight.
“There’s a time when you’ve got to worry about your health,” Foreman told TMZ about the bout. “But it’s a beautiful thing that they would even come out.
“Maybe they can even name a charity or something for the recipient of the funds. I think it’s good to come out, but it’s got to be a fun thing, but I hope one does not hit the other.
“I would just tell them it’s really dangerous, but when you make up your mind to do something like that, you can’t tell them, ‘Don’t do it.’ They’re not going to hear that.”
Tyson of course has been in the news quite a bit recently due to how the boxing legend has been teasing a potential return to the ring in some capacity.
While it may sound somewhat troublesome for a man his age to return to the ring, footage shared by Tyson himself on social media of late establishes how he remains in remarkably good shape and still possesses impressive speed and intimidating power at his advanced age.
That being said, Tyson’s last bout came 15 years ago in a loss to Kevin McBride. Jones, meanwhile, last fought in 2018.
Given the uncertain nature and battle level of the bout and the fighters’ ages, Foreman’s concern is understandable. It’s likely the 71-year-old two-time world heavyweight champion would prefer it if Tyson pursued available publicity options outside the ring instead of strapping on the gloves again. Odds are he feels the same about Jones’ return as well.