Mike Tyson has hit back at George Foreman after his expression of concern about the upcoming clash with Roy Jones Jr.
Iron Mike, now aged 54, will face off against Jones, 51, in an eight-round exhibition fight after teasing fans for months over a potential comeback.
Despite being excited for the bout, Foreman revealed that he is worried for both fighters’ health ahead of the September 12 showdown in Los Angeles.
“There’s a time when you gotta worry about your health, but it’s a beautiful thing that they would even come out,” said the former heavyweight champ.
“Maybe they can even name a charity or something for the recipient of the funds. I think it’s good to come out but it’s gotta be a fun thing, but I hope one does not hit the other.”
But Tyson has answered back, telling Foreman not to worry about himself or Jones because they both know how to look after themselves.
“Don’t worry about us. [Foreman] wasn’t worried about getting hurt when he went on his tour of coming back and fighting. Tell George I love him for caring,” Tyson told TMZ.
“We’re both professionals. We know how to handle ourselves and whatever happens, happens.”
The fight will be Tyson’s first in 15 years while Jones Jr fought as recently as 2018.
Foreman, who had 81 professional fights in his career and faced greats like Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, said he would warn both fighters of the potential risks and how dangerous the lasting effects could be.
“I would just tell them it’s really dangerous but when you make up your mind to do something like that, you can’t tell them ‘don’t do it,” he added.
“They’re not gonna hear that. Even me. Big fool like me, back in the day, I only saw what I wanted to see.”
The California Athletic Commission has already tried to play down expectations of a big knockout, but Tyson himself has insisted he will go for the kill against Jones Jr.
Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has predicted the exhibition fight could turn into a ‘disaster’ if Tyson is true to his word about seeking the knockout.
“The Commission has said they can’t do it. Can you imagine? Tyson comes out and goes for it and the commissioner [waves] if off. That’s an absolute disaster,” Hearn told Boxing Social.
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