Originally Posted by Unforgiven
No, you're wrong. You're missing the point. No one's come close to doing what Foreman did. Bowe tried something similar, and slipped up on his 2nd fight after a SD "win" against Billy Zumrun.
Vitali was in training when he retired in late 2005, pulling out of the Rahman fight again. Three years later he was fit enough to beat Sam Peter at age 37. And he beat a few other contenders after that. And, yes, he's more formidable than the old Foreman. yeah, that's great. But he wasn't coming back from what Foreman came back from.
Foreman was completely out of the game for 10 years, after an awful bad performance, walking around 80 pounds overweight being a preacher. He had no business even coming back to be a sparring partner or a 'punching bag', nevermind going the distance or knocking out Holyfield or Moorer.
Fighters don't come back from ten year lay-offs, not even slightly.
Ali's comeback was better than Vitali's anyway.
Foreman lost to, or at the very least had some help from the judges against damn near every decent heavy he fought in his comeback...
He won exactly 10 seconds of his fight versus Moorer.
So, he has the best 10 seconds of any comeback ever, but not perhaps the best comeback ever.