George Foreman knows how Deontay Wilder feels following his loss to Tyson Fury in February. Speaking with TMZ Sports, Foreman explained to them that he talked to Wilder to chat with him after the fight.
“I had a nice conversation with Wilder, nice conversation with him. We talked because I was in a position where I lost unexpectedly with the title in Africa. Only I know what he’s going through,” Foreman said to TMZ Sports.
“He’s gonna have to live with [the Fury loss], but I can show him how to live with that and come back better. We talked a lot on those lines.”
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Foreman would know about how it felt after his first defeat as he had the same to happen to him against Muhammad Ali back in 1974. “The Rumble In The Jungle” saw Foreman lose for the first time to Ali by eighth-round knockout in that iconic bout in Zaire, Africa.
Foreman believes Wilder, with the correct adjustments to his fight plan, can beat Fury, and he can win the trilogy fight in style.
“Not only beat him, [Wilder] can do it easily,” George says, adding … “Give him another chance. He’ll show you,” Foreman said.
Anything is possible in the third fight, and we’ll see if Wilder will come through on Foreman’s words when it happens. That third bout was initially slated for July before the pandemic and is now slated for October from Top Rank CEO Bob Arum at the same location of the second fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“You could not guarantee the fighters that the event would take place on that date. We couldn’t convince them or ourselves,” Arum said, speaking to ESPN. “Where were they going to train for it? It just made no sense. You just have to take a step back. How are you going to sell tickets? It’s absolutely ridiculous to say the fight is on when the Brits can’t even get there.”