The legendary George Foreman is renowned for being one of the heaviest hitters in boxing history, but he has also shared plenty of praise for one of today’s current crop of hard-punching big men.
Foreman’s power is arguably what helped him become the oldest heavyweight in history when he regained the title for a second time at age 45. He did so by knocking out Michael Moorer in the 10th round of their fight in 1994 having lost every proceeding round to the man 19 years his junior.
The night set many records: it was 20 years after Foreman lost his title for the first time, which is still the longest period between first and second reins, and the age gap between champion and challenger has also never been beaten.
This week, a fan asked Foreman on Twitter whether he thought he hit harder than former WBC champion Deontay Wilder. Foreman stopped short of giving a definitive answer but did have plenty of praise for ‘The Bronze Bomber.’
“Wilder can surely punch; he proved his worth forever now. Hope he can recapture the title once more.”
Wilder has long been in seemingly intense talks with Andy Ruiz Jr about a solid match-up. Though nothing has yet been confirmed, Ruiz – who spectacularly relieved Anthony Joshua of his IBF, WBA and WBO world titles in New York in 2019, only to lose in the rematch – has this week lowered his pay demand in order to try and get the fight made.
Either way, Wilder has strongly been linked with a fight with Joshua in Saudi Arabia in the New Year.