Mike Tyson could beat the current top heavyweights after his display against Roy Jones Jr, says George Foreman: ‘If he gets three more exhibitions like that, I would back him in challenging any title contender, even a champion’
- Mike Tyson impressed against Roy Jones Jr during their exhibition last month
- The eight-round encounter ended in a draw but many felt Tyson won the bout
- That was the 54-year-old American’s first fight in 15 years since retiring in 2005
Mike Tyson had boxing fans purring when he fought Roy Jones Jr last month – so much so that one former champion believes the heavyweight legend could go toe-to-toe against the current best in the division.
Tyson impressed in an eight-round exhibition with Jones on November 28 – a contest that ended in a draw, although many felt that ‘Iron Mike’ had won.
It was Tyson’s first contest in 15 years since retiring in 2005 and there is clamour for the 54-year-old to return the ring again next year.
And judging by what he saw former two-time world heavyweight champion George Foreman believes Tyson wouldn’t look out of place against the current crop of stars.
‘If he gets three more exhibitions like that, at that level, I would even back him in challenging any title contender, even a champion,’ Foreman told TMZ Sports.
‘If the right situation arrived, Mike Tyson could be in for a good title shot… and [with three more] of these exhibitions, he can beat some of these guys who can be champion out there.
‘I was on the edge of my seat [watching that fight between Tyson and Jones]… I did exhibitions with Sonny Liston, I’ve seen [Muhammad Ali] do exhibitions, but I’ve never seen one that exciting, never.’
Tyson’s bout with Jones saw each round last two minutes, as opposed to three, and if those were in place against the top heavyweights of now then Foreman believes they’d face a tough task in stopping the American.
‘If you go eight two-minute rounds, I’d back Tyson,’ he continued. ‘Ten two-minute rounds, I’d back Tyson!’