What does Deontay Wilder have to do in the trilogy fight against Tyson Fury? For one, he can’t focus on the fact that he lost via TKO back in February. That is according to boxing legend George Foreman.
The former heavyweight champion spoke to TMZ about Wilder’s potential growth following the bout.
“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.”
Both Wilder (42-1-1) and Fury (30-0-1) had an epic fight in 2018 in which Fury rose up from the canvas after a vicious Wilder punch in the twelfth round. In the rematch, Fury decimated Wilder, knocking him down twice and forcing his corner to throw in the towel. Wilder blamed his walkout suit for the loss, among other factors. He exercised his rematch clause, with the trilogy bout expected to be in October.
When it came to what he told Wilder, Foreman stated it was a mix of boxing and life advice.
“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.”
Foreman (76-5) was talking about the “Rumble in the Jungle” with Muhammad Ali in 1974. Foreman lost via knockout after eight and was forced to hand over the WBA, WBC, The Ring and lineal Heavyweight Titles. Foreman was never able to get a rematch from that bout, and was mad at himself for having a bad fight. The rest of the story (retiring, coming back and becoming the oldest world champion in history) is well-known, hence the validation he has when giving advice.
Foreman believes Wilder got into his own head, and that releasing ones mind and focusing on the fight at hand is the most important thing. It was rumored that Foreman would be helping Wilder at some point. If he can take something from the legendary boxer, Wilder may be in good hands.
“Not only can he (Wilder) beat him, he can do it easily… Give him another chance, he’ll show you,” Foreman said.