Boxing legend late Muhammad Ali reportedly confessed that he could have lost if he had faced Mike Tyson in the rings.
Former heavyweight boxer George Foreman disclosed his conversation with the ‘greatest’ as reported by Daily Star.
The duo of Ali and Tyson are referred to by some quarters as the greatest of all time in boxing owing to their devastating records over the years.
Ali who won 56 of 61 professional fights – 37 of which came through knockouts defeated Foreman in the historic Rumble in the Jungle in Zaire in 1974 and the 71-year-old revealed Ali’s views on Tyson.
Speaking to Fiaz Rafiq for his brand new book, Muhammad Ali: The Life of a Legend, Foreman claimed that Ali was not so sure he could have beaten Tyson.
He said: “Muhammad Ali told me himself. I said to him, ‘Do you think Tyson could beat anybody?’
“He said, ‘Man, Tyson hits so hard.’ “He felt Tyson hit harder than anyone he’d faced. “He told me once that he didn’t have the confidence he could have beaten Mike Tyson.”
Ali hanged his gloves four years prior to that start of Tyson’s in 1985 and the youngest heavyweight champion recorded 50-6 record, losing his final four bouts as he clung on to his career.
The 53-year-old won 44 of his fights via knockouts and this is one of the reasons he was named the ‘Baddest Man On The Planet’ throughout his career.