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Muhammad Ali was scared to fight ‘hard puncher’ Mike Tyson, George Foreman claims

“He felt Tyson was beaten harder than anyone he had ever seen”: Muhammad Ali feared he wouldn’t be able to beat Mike Tyson if they had fought – and admitted George Foreman

  • Muhammad Ali rated Mike Tyson as one of the toughest heavyweights ever
  • George Foreman claimed that Ali told him he didn’t feel he could have defeated Tyson
  • Tyson had his boxing career four years after Ali closed the curtain for him
  • Ali is considered the greatest heavyweight of all time, while Tyson is one of the hardest hitters

Muhammad Ali admitted he wouldn’t have been sure to beat Mike Tyson if the two heavyweights had ever faced it, and he felt he was one of the most brutal punchers he’d ever seen.

Former heavyweight world champion George Foreman revealed what Ali said when he spoke to him about Tyson at the peak of his career.

Ali is widely regarded as the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time, while Tyson is revered by many after capturing the imaginations of millions upon his rise in the late 1980s.

Muhammad Ali felt Mike Tyson hit harder than any heavyweight he'd ever faced in his career

Muhammad Ali felt Mike Tyson hit harder than any heavyweight he’d ever seen in his career

Tyson became the youngest ever heavyweight world champion when he knocked out Trevor Berbick and was nicknamed ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ for his one-punch knockout power.

Foreman, who recently admitted that Tyson could still combine it with today’s best heavyweights ahead of his potential comeback at 53, enjoyed a great career and lost to Ali in one of the most historic battles ever in 1974.

The 71-year-old has now provided some insight into what Ali thought of Tyson – who grew up idealizing The Greatest.

According to The Daily Star, Foreman told Fiaz Rafiq for his new book about Ali that he wasn’t sure he could have defeated Tyson.

Foreman said, “Muhammad Ali told me himself. I said to him, “Do you think Tyson can beat someone?”

He said, “Man, Tyson hits so hard. ‘

“He felt Tyson hit harder than anyone else had seen.

“He once told me that he was not confident that he could have defeated Mike Tyson.”

The late Ali retired from his last fight in 1981 – four years before Tyson embarked on his journey – and bowed down with a record 56 wins and just five losses.

Tyson was able to match Ali during his rollercoaster career and became a two-time and undisputed heavyweight champion before hanging up his gloves in 2005.

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