George foreman said Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr.Returning to the boxing ring is a “beautiful thing” … but admits he’s worried the legendary boxers will be badly injured.
TMZ Sports broke history … Tyson, 54, and Jones Jr., 51. come out of retirement to stage a highly anticipated 8-round exhibition fight – and combat sports fans are PUMPED!
But, Foreman – who has had 81 professional fights against immortal fighters like Muhammad Ali and Joe frazier – says he’s very concerned about “Iron Mike” and RJJ’s well-being.
“There comes a time when you have to worry about your health, but it’s a beautiful thing that they even come out,” George says.
“Maybe they can even name a charity or something for the recipient of the funds. I think it’s okay to go out but it must be fun, but I hope one doesn’t hit it. ‘other.”
FYI, Tyson – who last fought in 2005 – told us he gives a part from his fighting salary to charity.
Foreman is concerned that Mike and Roy are definitely injured, so we asked him if he advises the men to rethink their decision to return to the square circle.
“I would just tell them it’s really dangerous, but when you decide to do something like that, you can’t tell them ‘don’t do it’. They won’t hear that. Even me. Great fool like me, at the time, I only saw what I wanted to see. “
George says he fully understands why Mike and Roy want to fight … and even revealed he tried to make a third comeback in his mid-50s.
(Of course, George became heavyweight champion for the second time at age 45.)
“I was 55. I was in good shape and everything,” Foreman says, continuing … “[My wife] said ‘you’re not going to do no such thing’, I said, ‘I’m telling you, you can’t tell me what to do. I can still – I said don’t you believe in me? Look at me, I can still do it! “”
“She said, ‘George, isn’t that the way you want to quit the sport believing you can still do it?’ I had the closure right there and I left and it was death. of a fighter to realize that you are never going to fight again. “