Arum Believes Foreman Can Help Wilder
Back in February, Tyson Fury easily won a rematch against Deontay Wilder. Knocked down twice and bleeding within his ears, Wilder’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh round. As a result, Fury was able to take home all the glory, including the WBC Heavyweight Title and a shot at Anthony Joshua.
Wilder, immediately exercised his rematch clause but was met with plenty of backlash. That was due to his post-fight comments saying that his heavy entrance suit was the reason for the loss. One person who did not put him down as hard and has been willing to help him has been George Foreman. The former heavyweight champion used his experience from the “Rumble in the Jungle” fight with Muhammad Ali in 1974 as an example of how he can help Wilder.
“I told Wilder… Now, once a rematch is made, the title is vacant again,” Foreman stated. “You’ve got to look at it like that. You can’t say, ‘I want my title back.’ You’ve got a rematch so your title is there, just grab it again. I was in a position where I’ve lost unexpectedly with the title in Africa. Only I know what he’s going through, only I,” Foreman went on to say. “He’s going to have to live with that, but I can show him how to live with it and come back better.”
Wilder has been appreciative of Foreman’s advice, and there are even rumors of the two working together for the trilogy bout. The idea of a former champion training Wilder to be disciplined does sound like a good idea. Top Rank’s Bob Arum is not surprised by this.
Speaking with Boxing Scene, Arum talked about Foreman being a mentor to Wilder and other fighters.
“He could do a lot worse than going to take counsel from George,” said Arum. “George is a very astute boxing guy. I think he can only help Deontay.”
Following the loss to Ali and retiring in 1977, Foreman would not return to boxing until 1987. He ended up being one of the oldest heavyweight champions in boxing history in 1994. With ventures in and out of boxing like the George Foreman Grill and becoming an analyst, Arum sees no other person that could help a boxer than Foreman. Imagine if he was a trainer?
“I’m not surprised that he didn’t train fighters because George not only kept busy, but he thrived in his career [after boxing],” Arum went on to say. “And essentially, he still looks at himself like a minister. He’s been so busy in his other pursuits that it would’ve been counterproductive for him to spend time training fighters.”