Foreman warns Tyson it is 'temporary insanity' to be fighting again

‘It is temporary insanity’: George Foreman issues stark warning to Mike Tyson ahead of his comeback fight against Roy Jones by claiming boxing legend is putting himself in danger by returning to the ring

  • Mike Tyson will make his long-awaited return to the ring this weekend in the US  
  • Tyson hasn’t boxed competitively since 2005 when he lost to Kevin McBride
  • The 54-year-old will take on Roy Jones Jr, 51, at the Staples Center in LA 
  • George Foreman, however, doesn’t think the fight is such a good idea for Tyson 

George Foreman has labelled Mike Tyson’s boxing comeback as ‘temporary insanity’.

Tyson will make his long-awaited return to the ring at the weekend when he takes on Roy Jones Jr in Los Angeles.

The 54-year-old hasn’t fought competitively since he lost to Kevin McBride in 2005 in Washington.

Mike Tyson will make his long-awaited return to the boxing ring at the weekend in Los Angeles

George Foreman (right) doesn’t think Tyson, 54, should even be thinking about fighting again

Jones Jr is three years younger than Tyson and Foreman, a former two-time world heavyweight champion, believes he shouldn’t be putting himself in such a position.

Foreman said: ‘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?”‘

Foreman does, however, understand why Tyson is so desperate to fight again. 

The fight against Roy Jones Jr will be Tyson’s first since he took on Kevin McBridge in 2005

The night ended badly for Tyson as he quit against McBridge at the start of the seventh round

There is a nagging feeling among all retired boxers no matter their age, he added, to pull back on the gloves but most know that simply can’t happen. 

Indeed, Foreman himself didn’t fight for ten years between the age of 28 and 38 although that wasn’t as severe as Tyson returning to fight at 54. 

Foreman said: ‘It’s happened to so many of us. And you realise 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.’

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