Hall of Famer George Foreman has high expectations for the WBC heavyweight title rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
Wilder retained the championship last week with a seventh-round knockout of Luis Ortiz in another rematch. Foreman says he loves the punching power Wilder brings, but he wouldn’t rate him among the best heavyweights ever yet.
“[Wilder is] good, but he hasn’t approached Joe Louis, Joe Frazier, Mike Tyson,” Foreman told TMZ Sports. “No, he hasn’t approached that kind of recognition yet.
“For me, he has to have a performance like Mike Tyson did over Trevor Berbick. Boy, when I saw that, I was down visiting Vegas, and I thought, ‘This guy is a nightmare!'”
With the win over Ortiz, Wilder secured a rematch with Fury, which is set for February 22. The pair first met in December 2018, with the bout going to a split draw after two late knockdowns on Fury by Wilder.
Foreman thinks this second encounter may even be better than the first, and the winner will be able to etch their name as an all-time heavyweight elite.
“I think the Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury rematch would be one of the greatest of all time. Not just today, but of all time,” Foreman said. “If I see that fight, I would say Deontay Wilder has moved up in status and whoever wins the fight will probably be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time.”
Original Story: TMZ