Originally created 12/10/97

Foreman wants to fight at 50



HOUSTON -- George Foreman can't think of a better way to celebrate the big five-o: getting back in the ring.

Foreman, who turns 49 next month, announced his retirement after last month's loss to Shannon Briggs, but he didn't take long to begin dropping hints he might be back.

He reiterated his desire Monday in an interview with Houston television station KRIV.

"I think on my 50th birthday, Jan. 10, (1999), I should be in the ring," he said.

Foreman, a heavyweight champion in the 1970s and 1990s, says he wants to fight again because of his last bout on Nov. 22. Although most at ringside thought Foreman won, Briggs received a majority decision in the 12-round fight in Atlantic City, N.J.

"I didn't want to leave the ring with people feeling sorry for me," Foreman told KRIV. "Everyone said I was robbed. ... I don't want everybody saying you were robbed, you poor guy."

Foreman says he'd like to fight a top contender, perhaps Riddick Bowe, in Las Vegas.

"I think that would be a good fight," he said. "(Promoter) Don King has made some overtures, so maybe even Mike Tyson."

If Foreman won the birthday fight, that would be it. So he says.

"Then I'm finished," he said. "That's it. No more boxing. I'm for real. I'm sure. Believe me."

Then he laughed.