KEY POINTS

  • Mike Tyson once named only boxer he wanted to fight
  • George Foreman thinks Tyson was warned about his punching power
  • Foreman admitted he was scared to fight Tyson

Mike Tyson has named the only boxer he always wanted to fight.

In his wild and stellar career, Tyson has battled some of the best heavyweight boxers of all time. And most of them ended with a vicious knockout. In fact, “Iron Mike” recently admitted that he was even high during the most brutal beating win of his entire career.

No matter what, Tyson is still regarded as one of the most iconic athletes in the world. But just like any other boxer, Tyson also has that one fight he always dreamed of.

In an exclusive feature on “The Ring Magazine’s Best I Faced: Mike Tyson,” Tyson revealed the only fight he always wanted but never came to fruition. According to the legend, he always wanted to know who was the bigger puncher between him and boxing icon George Foreman.

“I would have liked to fight George Foreman. There have been many fans who wondered who was the bigger puncher. I would have liked to put an end to the discussion one way or the other,” Tyson revealed.

Apparently, the Foreman vs. Tyson fight almost happened. Speaking to Jenna J of On The Ropes Radio, Foreman himself revealed that “serious negotiations were going on with the Tyson fight.” However, he thinks that “The Baddes Man on the Planet” was warned about his punching power. But for the record, Foreman never thought that Tyson will never beat him and it was the late D’Amato who advised Tyson not to take the fight.

“Mike Tyson just didn’t want to fight me. Not to say he couldn’t have beaten me. I mean, this guy could punch. The bigger they are the harder they’d fall as far as Mike Tyson was concerned. I guess that I have a feeling, his first original trainer and manager, Cus D’Amato, must have told him about George Foreman’s punching power as though I would never come back,” Foreman said.

Mike Tyson Mike Tyson admitted this weekend that he's lied about his recent sobriety. Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

Contrary to his recent statement, the 71-year-old first explained to ESPN why he was "scared" to fight Tyson and avoided the chance of setting up a heavyweight blockbuster boxing match.

"That guy was a nightmare in the ring. If he missed you with his left, then missed you with his right, he'd bite you. I didn't want anything to do with that guy. I didn't want a part of Mike Tyson,” Foreman admitted.

Sadly, given Tyson and Foreman’s age, arguably the best heavyweight match of all time will never actualize.

George Foreman Former heavyweight champion George Foreman gestures before the heavyweight title unification boxing match between Ukrainian IBF and WBO titleholder Vladimir Klitschko against British WBA champion David Haye in Hamburg July 2, 2011. Photo: Reuters