George Foreman Calls Mike Tyson’s Comeback ‘Temporary Insanity’
George Foreman has weighed in on Mike Tyson’s decision to return to the boxing ring.
Tyson is set to take on Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition match. The bout will take place on Saturday night, November 28 inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. While the California State Athletic Commission won’t officially recognize a winner, the WBC will crown a Frontline Battle Champion and will appoint three remote judges.
During an interview with Yahoo! Sports, Foreman gave his take on Tyson’s desire to step back inside the ring.
“It’s temporary insanity. I liken it to a guy who wants to get on a boat and go out to sea. It seems like so much fun, so peaceful, so he wants to get out there and do it. Then he gets out there and the big waves start coming and the sea is rough and it’s raining and the wind is blowing and he asks himself, ‘Lord, why did I ever do this?’
“It’s happened to so many of us. And you realize you should have stayed home on the dry land where everything is nice and safe. The thing that is hard when you start to think of coming back, you remember what you could do back in the day. But you have to reclaim that hardness you once had and the timing. That’s what you lose after so many years away and it’s so hard to get back.”
Foreman knows all about competing at an older age. At the age of 45, Foreman became the WBA and IBF Heavyweight Champion by knocking out Michael Moorer.
Tyson hasn’t been in an exhibition bout since 2006. Jones’ last pro bout took place back in 2018. Jones defeated Scott Sigmon via unanimous decision.