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Encyclopedia > George Foreman
George Foreman

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Real name George Edward Foreman
Nickname(s) Big George
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6′ 3½″
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Birth date January 10, 1949 (1949-01-10) (age 59)
Birth place Marshall, Texas, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 81
Wins 76
Wins by KO 68
Losses 5
Draws 0
No contests 0

George Edward Foreman (born January 10, 1949) is an American two-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. He became the oldest man ever to win a major heavyweight title when, at 45, he knocked out 26-year-old Michael Moorer in the 10th round. Foreman still holds that distinction and has been named one of the 25 greatest fighters of all time by Ring Magazine.[1] Nicknamed "Big George",[2] he is now a successful businessman and an ordained Christian minister who has his own church. For the mixed martial arts division of the same name, see Heavyweight (MMA). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Marshall is a major city of the northeastern region of the U.S. state of Texas. ... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... An Orthodox stance in boxing refers to someone who boxes right-handed as opposed to a left handed fighter who is referred to as a Southpaw. ... is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the mixed martial arts division of the same name, see Heavyweight (MMA). ... For other meanings of these words, see boxing (disambiguation) or boxer. ... Front cover of the first issue of The Ring The Ring (often called Ring Magazine) is an American boxing magazine that was first published in 1922 as a boxing and wrestling magazine. ... For other uses, see Christian (disambiguation). ...


Foreman has 10 children, and each of his five sons is named George: George Jr., George III, George IV, George V, and George VI. He is able to distinguish one from another by the use of nicknames such as "Monk", "Big Wheel" and "Little George".[3] His five daughters are Michi, Freeda, Georgetta, Natalie, and Leola.

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Early years

George Foreman was born in Marshall, Texas. Although raised by J.D. Foreman, whom his mother married when George was a small child, his biological father was Leroy Moorehead. During his youth, he was often in trouble with the law. In his teen years, George made a name for himself as a street brawler, thief, and mugger.[4] He and his friends would sometimes participate in gang fights, and in time George became one of the most feared street fighters in his neighborhood. He and his friends would sometimes get drunk and were constantly on the run from the police. A turning point came for George when, while running from police one night, he hid under a house and used the contents of a broken sewage pipe to cover his scent from police dogs.[4] He vowed that night to make a better life for himself. Dallas redirects here. ... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ...


He later joined the Job Corps as a way to improve his life. While stationed in Oregon, Foreman became infamous for his belligerent attitude, often picking fights with fellow trainees. It was then that his fighting skills were noticed and he was introduced to the sport of boxing, which he grew to love. Foreman got his start as an amateur from the AAU in San Francisco. Job Corps is a no-cost education and vocational training program administered by the Office of the United States Secretary of the Department of Labor. ...


In 1967 and 1968, he was defeated by compatriot Clay Hodges, but was sent to the Olympics where he won his first fight on points and then three fights by stoppage — including the final title bout against the favored Soviet fighter.


By the age of 19, Foreman had won a gold medal at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games. When he walked around the ring with an American flag following his victory, members of the black community chastised him for being an Uncle Tom, especially since two African-American athletes, Tommie Smith (gold) and John Carlos (bronze), who had competed for the United States in the 200-meter dash, had raised their black-gloved fists on the award podium as a protest during the playing of the U.S. National Anthem. Others, however, lauded him for being a patriotic American during a time of political upheaval and strife. The 1968 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIX Olympiad, were held in Mexico City in 1968. ... This article is about the racial term. ... For others with a similar name, see Tommy Smith. ... John Wesley Carlos (born June 5, 1945 in Harlem, New York) is an American former track and field athlete and professional football player. ...


Olympic results

  • Defeated Lucjan Trela (Poland) 4-1
  • Defeated Ion Alexe (Romania) TKO 3
  • Defeated Giorgio Bambini (Italy) KO 2
  • Defeated Ionas Chepulis (Soviet Union) TKO 2
  • Defeated Dustin Judd (Huffman) KO 15

Ion Alexe (born July 25, 1946) is a former heavyweight boxer from Romania, who won the silver medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany. ...

Professional career

Olympic medal record
Men's Boxing
Gold 1968 Mexico City Heavyweight

Foreman, after an amazing amateur record of 27-0, turned professional in 1969 with a three-round knockout of Donald Walheim in New York. He had a total of 12 fights that year, winning all of them (11 by knockout). Among the fighters he defeated was Cookie Wallace, who lasted only 23 seconds. Boxing has been contested at every Summer Olympic Games since its introduction to the programme at the 1904 Summer Olympics except 1912. ... The 1968 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIX Olympiad, were held in Mexico City in 1968. ... Final results for the Boxing competition at the 1968 Summer Olympics. ... A boxer is knocked down and receives the 10-count. ... Donald Waldhelm was a professional heavyweight boxer best known for being George Foremans first professional opponent. ... This article is about the state. ...


In 1970, Foreman continued his march toward the undisputed heavyweight title, winning all 12 of his bouts (11 by knockout). Among the opponents he defeated were Gregorio Peralta, whom he decisioned at Madison Square Garden, and George Chuvalo, whom he defeated by technical knockout (TKO) in three rounds. After this impressive win, Foreman defeated Charlie Polite in four rounds and Boone Kirkman in three. Gregorio Manuel Peralta (May 8, 1935-October 3, 2001), better known as Gregorio Goyo Peralta, was an Argentine boxer. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, and known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City. ... George Chuvalo, CM (born September 12, 1937) is a Canadian heavyweight boxer who was never knocked down in ninety-three professional fights between 1956 and 1979. ... Charlie Polite is an American boxer born in Holyoke, Massachusettes. ...

A young George Foreman celebrates his Olympic triumph.
A young George Foreman celebrates his Olympic triumph.

In 1971, Foreman won seven more fights, including a rematch with Peralta, whom he defeated by knockout in the tenth and final round in Oakland, California, and a win over Leroy Caldwell, who was knocked out in the second round. After amassing a record of 32-0, Foreman was ranked as the number one challenger by the WBA and WBC. In 1972, his string of wins continued with a series of five consecutive bouts in which he defeated each opponent within three rounds. Image File history File links ForemanGold. ... Image File history File links ForemanGold. ... Oakland redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... World Boxing Association (WBA) is a boxing organization that sanctions official matches, and awards the WBA world championship title, at the professional level. ... WBC logo mark The World Boxing Council was initially created by 11 countries: the United States, Argentina, United Kingdom, France, Mexico, Philippines, Panama, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, and Brazil plus Puerto Rico, met in Mexico City on February 14, 1963, upon invitation of the then President of Mexico, Adolfo López...


World Heavyweight Champion: Beating Frazier

Still undefeated, and with an impressive knockout record, Foreman was set to challenge undefeated and undisputed world heavyweight champion Joe Frazier, who in 1971 had scored a 15-round unanimous decision over previously-unbeaten Muhammad Ali, following Ali's return to the ring after an exile of more than three and a half years. The showdown took place on January 22, 1973, in Kingston, Jamaica, with Foreman knocking down Frazier six times in two rounds to win the championship by knockout in one of boxing's biggest upsets. In what was HBO Boxing's first broadcast, the call made by Howard Cosell became one of the most memorable in all of sports: "Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier! Before the fight Frazier was 29-0 (25 KO) and Foreman was 37-0 (34 KO). Equally memorable was Foreman's final punch, an uppercut landed with such force that it lifted Frazier off his feet before sending him to the canvas for the sixth and final time. As he had done following the previous knockdowns, Frazier managed to get to his feet, but the referee called an end to the bout. For the Major League Baseball player and manager, see Joe Frazier (baseball) Joseph William Smokin Joe Frazier (born January 12, 1944 in Beaufort, South Carolina) is a former world heavyweight boxing champion, active mostly in the 1960s and 1970s. ... is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... The City of Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica. ... HBO Boxing is a successful TV series that has shown many of boxings greatest fights and historic events during the last 30 years. ... Howard William Cosell, born Howard William Cohen (March 25, 1918 – April 23, 1995) was an American sports journalist on American television. ...


Foreman was sometimes characterized by the media as an aloof and antisocial champion. According to them, he always seemed to wear a sneer and was not often available to the press. Foreman would later attribute his demeanor during this time as an emulation of Sonny Liston, for whom he had been an occasional sparring partner. Charles L. Sonny Liston (May 8, 1932?–December 30, 1970?) was a formidable boxer who became world heavyweight champion in 1962 by knocking out Floyd Patterson in the first round. ...


Nevertheless, Foreman went on to defend his title successfully twice during his initial reign as champion. His first defense, in Tokyo, pitted him against Puerto Rican heavyweight champion Jose Roman. Roman was not regarded as a top contender, and it took Foreman only 55 seconds to end the fight, the fastest-ever knockout for a heavyweight championship bout. Foreman's next defense was against a much tougher opponent (at least on paper). In 1974, in Caracas, Venezuela, he faced the highly regarded Ken Norton who was 30-2, a boxer notorious for his awkward boxing style, who had broken the jaw of Muhammad Ali while defeating him on points a year earlier. Norton's ability to "take a punch," however, was suspect, and Foreman put him to the test. In an astonishing display of aggression and punching power, Foreman knocked out Norton in just two rounds. The win made Foreman 40-0 with 37 knockouts. For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... Jose King Roman (born approx. ... Nickname: Motto: Ave María Santísima, sin pecado concebida, en el primer instante de su ser natural. ... This article is about the hall of fame boxer. ... For other persons named Muhammad Ali, see Muhammad Ali (disambiguation). ...


"Rumble in the Jungle"

Foreman's next title defense, against Muhammad Ali, was historic. Ali was 44-2 (31 KO), with losses coming at the hands of Joe Frazier and Ken Norton. Frazier had knocked down Ali in the 15th and final round enroute to a unanimous decision (9-6, 11-4 and 8-6-1), while Ken Norton, who broke Ali's jaw in the second round, won by split decision (4-7-1, 4-5-3 and 6-5-1) [these losses were later avenged by Ali via a unanimous decision and a split decision, respectively]. Foreman, who was 40-0 (37 KO), had knocked out both Frazier and Norton in the second round. The only fighters who lasted the distance with Foreman to that time were Roberto Davila, Levi Forte and Gregorio Peralta. The Rumble in The Jungle was an historic boxing event that took place on October 30, 1974, in the May 20 Stadium in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo). ...


During the summer of 1974, Foreman traveled to Congo (then Zaire) to defend his title against former champ Muhammad Ali, by then 32 years old and considered by some to be on the decline as a fighter. The bout has became known as The Rumble in the Jungle. For other persons named Muhammad Ali, see Muhammad Ali (disambiguation). ... The Rumble in The Jungle was an historic boxing event that took place on October 30, 1974, in the May 20 Stadium in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo). ...


During training in Zaire, Foreman suffered a cut above his eye, forcing postponement of the match for a month. Ali used this time to tour Zaire, endearing himself to the public while taunting Foreman at every opportunity. Nevertheless, Foreman was a heavy favorite, due in large part to the fact that Frazier and Norton had given Ali four difficult fights, lasted the distance in all, and won two of them, while Foreman had scored TKOs over both in the second round.


When Foreman and Ali finally met in the ring, Ali started on his toes, dancing around as advertised. Such was the intensity of Foreman's attack, however, that he was soon driven into the ropes. Foreman dug vicious body punches into Ali's sides; however, it quickly became clear that Foreman was unable to land a clean punch to Ali's head. The ring ropes were looser than normal, allowing Ali to lean back and away from Foreman's wild swings, and then maul him in a clinch, forcing Foreman to expend extra energy untangling himself. To this day, it is unclear whether Ali's pre-fight talk of using speed and movement against Foreman had been just a diversionary trick, or whether his use of what became known as the "Rope-a-dope" tactic was an improvisation necessitated by Foreman's constant pressure. Rope-a-dope is a boxing fighting style used most famously by Muhammad Ali (who coined the term) in the Rumble in the Jungle against George Foreman. ...


In either case, Ali was able to counter off the ropes with sharp, snapping blows to the face, and was able to penetrate Foreman's defense almost at will. As the early rounds passed, Ali continued to take heavy punishment to the body, and occasionally a hard jolt to the head, but Foreman could not land his best punches directly on Ali's chin. Eventually, Foreman began to tire and his punches became increasingly wild, losing power in the process. An increasingly-confident Ali taunted Foreman throughout the bout and by the eighth round was in control of the fight. Late in that round, Ali sprang off the ropes with a sudden flurry of blows to Foreman's head, punctuated by a hard right cross that landed flush on Foreman's jaw. Foreman staggered, lurched, and collapsed, overcome as much by exhaustion as Ali's punching power. He managed to regain his feet, but the referee stopped the bout. It was Foreman's first defeat, and Muhammad Ali would remain the only boxer to defeat him by a knockout throughout his two-phased career, although Ron Lyle and Jimmy Young did manage to floor him in later bouts. For other persons named Muhammad Ali, see Muhammad Ali (disambiguation). ...


First comeback

After losing his title, Foreman remained inactive during 1975. In 1976, he returned to boxing in Las Vegas against Ron Lyle in a fight hailed by Ring Magazine as "The Fight Of The Year." At the end of the first round, Lyle landed a hard left that sent Foreman staggering across the ring. In the second round, Foreman pounded Lyle against the ropes and might have scored a KO, but due to a timekeeping error the bell rang with a minute still remaining in the round, and Lyle survived. In the third, Foreman pressed forward, with Lyle waiting to counter off the ropes. In the fourth, a brutal slugfest erupted. A cluster of power punches from Lyle sent Foreman to the canvas. When Foreman got up, Lyle staggered him again, but just as Foreman seemed finished he retaliated with a hard right to the side of the head, knocking down Lyle. Lyle beat the count, then landed another brutal combination, knocking Foreman down for the second time. Again, Foreman beat the count. In the fifth round, both fighters continued to ignore defense and traded their hardest punches. Each man staggered the other and each seemed almost out on his feet. Then, as if finally tired, Lyle stopped punching and Foreman delivered a dozen unanswered blows until Lyle collapsed. The fight was stopped and Foreman was declared the winner. For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... Ron Lyle (born February 12, 1941) was a professional boxer. ... Front cover of the first issue of Ring Magazine Ring Magazine is a boxing magazine that was first published in 1922. ...


For his next bout, Foreman chose to face Joe Frazier in a rematch. Because of the one-sided Foreman victory in their first fight, and the fact that Frazier had taken a tremendous amount of punishment from Ali in Manila a year earlier, few expected him to win. Frazier at this point was 32-3 and Foreman was 41-1. Surprisingly, Foreman-Frazier II was fairly competitive as long as it lasted, as Frazier used quick head movements to make Foreman miss with his hardest punches. Unable to mount a significant offense, however, Frazier was eventually floored twice by Foreman in the fifth round and the fight was stopped. Next, Foreman knocked out Scott Ledoux in three and Dino Dennis in four to finish the year. For the Major League Baseball player and manager, see Joe Frazier (baseball) Joseph William Smokin Joe Frazier (born January 12, 1944 in Beaufort, South Carolina) is a former world heavyweight boxing champion, active mostly in the 1960s and 1970s. ...


Retirement and rebirth

1977 would prove to be a life changing year for Foreman. After knocking out Pedro Agosto in four rounds at Pensacola, Florida, Foreman flew to Puerto Rico, where he lost a 12-round decision to Jimmy Young. Foreman fought cautiously early on, costing himself points, but as in the Ali fight he tired in the later rounds. Despite nearly scoring a KO at one point, Foreman could not mount a sustained attack on the elusive Young, who knocked down Foreman in the last round to secure the decision victory. Nickname: Location in Escambia County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State County Escambia Government  - Mayor John Fogg Area  - City 39. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... Jimmy Young (November 16, 1948 – February 20, 2005) was a Philadelphian heavyweight boxer who had his greatest success during the 1970s. ...


Foreman became ill in his dressing room after the fight. He was suffering from exhaustion and heatstroke and believed he had a near death experience. He claimed he found himself in a hellish, frightening place of nothingness and despair. He began to plead with God to help him. He explained that he sensed God asking him to change his life and ways. After this experience, Foreman became a born-again Christian, dedicating his life for the next decade to Christianity. Although he did not formally retire from boxing, Foreman stopped fighting, became an ordained minister of a church[5] in Houston, Texas, and devoted himself to his family and his parishioners. He also opened a youth center[6] that bears his name. Hyperthermia is an acute condition resulting from excessive exposure to heat, it is also known as heat stroke or sunstroke. ... A near-death experience (NDE) is the perception reported by a person who nearly died or who was clinically dead and revived. ... In Christianity, the term born again or regenerated is synonymous with spiritual rebirth—salvation. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Relation to other religions Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament. ...


Second comeback

In 1987, after 10 years away from the ring, Foreman surprised the boxing world by announcing a comeback at the age of 38. For his first fight, he went to Sacramento, California, where he beat journeyman Steve Zouski by a knockout in four rounds. Foreman weighed nearly 270-lb for the fight, and looked badly out of shape. Although many thought his decision to return to the ring was a mistake, Foreman countered that he had returned to prove that age was not a barrier to people achieving their goals (as he would say later, he wanted to show that age 40 is not a "death sentence"). He won four more bouts that year, gradually slimming down and improving his fitness. In 1988, he won nine times, and a clear trend began to emerge although none of his opponents was a rated contender. Perhaps his most notable win during this period was a seventh round knockout of an overweight former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Dwight Muhammad Qawi. Sacramento redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Dwight Muhammad Qawi (born January 5, 1953) is a former world boxing champion in the light-heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions. ...


Having always been a slow, lumbering fighter, Foreman had not lost much mobility in the ring since his first "retirement," although he found it harder to keep his balance after throwing big punches and could no longer throw rapid combinations. He was still capable of landing heavy, single blows, however. Remarkably, the late-rounds fatigue that had plagued him in the ring as a young man now seemed to be gone, and he could comfortably compete for 12 rounds. Foreman attributed this to his new, relaxed fighting style (he has spoken of how, earlier in his career, his lack of stamina came from an enormous amount of nervous tension).


By 1989, while continuing his comeback, Foreman had become a successful business entrepreneur, selling everything from grills to mufflers on TV. The formerly aloof, unfriendly Foreman had been replaced by a smiling, friendly George. He and Ali had become friends, and he followed in Ali's footsteps by making himself a celebrity outside the boundaries of boxing. This article is about the engine piece. ...


Foreman continued his string of victories, winning five more fights against mediocre opposition including Jimmy Ellis of Redondo Beach, California, and a three-round win over Bert Cooper, a moderately talented fighter who would go on to contest the undisputed heavyweight title against Evander Holyfield. Bert Cooper (Born January 10, 1966) was a U.S. professional heavyweight boxer. ... Evander The Real Deal Holyfield (born October 19, 1962 in Atmore, Alabama) is a professional boxer from the United States and a multiple world champion in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions. ...


In 1990, Foreman met former title challenger Gerry Cooney in Atlantic City. Cooney was coming off a long period of inactivity, and was known to have a weak chin, but his devastating punching power was enough to convince some that he was Foreman's first dangerous comeback opponent. Sure enough, Cooney wobbled Foreman in the first round, but when Foreman landed several powerful punches in the second, Cooney froze on his feet. Seconds later, he was knocked down twice, and Foreman had scored a knockout. He went on to win four more fights that year. Gerry the Great White Hope Cooney (Born August 4, 1956) was a boxer from Huntington, NY best known for his loss to Larry Holmes in one of the largest boxing spectacles in history. ...


Then, in 1991, despite having beaten no highly rated contenders since his return, Foreman was given the opportunity to challenge undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, who was in tremendous shape at 208 pounds for the world title in a Pay Per View boxing event. Very few boxing experts gave the 42-year-old Foreman a chance of winning. However, he was in great shape at 257 pounds, and began the contest by marching forward, absorbing several of Holyfield's best combinations and occasionally landing a powerful swing of his own. Holyfield proved too tough and agile to knock down, and was well ahead on points throughout the fight, but Foreman surprised many by lasting the full 12 rounds, losing his challenge on points. Round 7, in which Foreman knocked Holyfield off balance before being staggered by a powerful combination, was Ring Magazine's "Round Of The Year." Evander The Real Deal Holyfield (born October 19, 1962 in Atmore, Alabama) is a professional boxer from the United States and a multiple world champion in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ...


A year later, Foreman fought journeyman Alex Stewart, who had previously been stopped in the first round by Mike Tyson. Foreman knocked down Stewart twice in the second round, but expended a lot of energy in doing so. He subsequently tired, and Stewart rebounded to administer the worst beating of Foreman's career. By the end of the 10th and final round, Foreman's face was bloodied and swollen, but the judges awarded him a majority decision win. Alex Stewart (born June 28, 1964 in London, England) is a professional boxer, who represented Jamaica at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. ... Michael Gerard Tyson (born June 30, 1966) is a former two-time American world heavyweight boxing champion and is the youngest man to have won a world heavyweight title. ...


In 1993, Foreman received another title shot, although this was for the vacant WBO championship, which most fans at the time saw as a second-tier version of the "real" heavyweight title, then being contested between Holyfield and Riddick Bowe. Foreman's opponent was Tommy Morrison, a young prospect known for his punching power. To the frustration of Foreman, and the disappointment of the booing crowd, Morrison retreated throughout the fight, refusing to trade toe-to-toe, and sometimes even turned his back on Foreman. The strategy paid off, however, as he outboxed Foreman from long range. The scoring was close, but after 12 rounds Morrison won a unanimous decision. Though it seemed unlikely at the time, one more chance at the legitimate heavyweight crown was just around the corner for Foreman. The World Boxing Organization (WBO) is one of the sanctioning organizations currently recognizing world boxing champions. ... Riddick Lamont Bowe (born August 10, 1967, Brooklyn, New York) is an American boxer and former undisputed heavyweight champion. ... This article is about the American boxer. ...


Regaining the Title

In 1994, Foreman once again sought to challenge for the world championship after Michael Moorer had beaten Holyfield for the IBF and WBA titles. Michael Lee Moorer (born November 12, 1967) is a former boxer who has been a world champion in the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions. ... IBF redirects here. ... World Boxing Association (WBA) is a boxing organization that sanctions official matches, and awards the WBA world championship title, at the professional level. ...


The fight took place on November 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada, with Foreman wearing the same red trunks he had worn in his title loss to Ali 20 years earlier. This time, however, Foreman was a substantial underdog. For nine rounds, Moorer easily outboxed him, hitting and moving away, while Foreman chugged forward, seemingly unable to "pull the trigger" on his punches. Entering the tenth round, Foreman was trailing on all scorecards. Then, suddenly, a short right hand caught Moorer on the tip of his chin, gashing open his bottom lip, and he collapsed to the canvas. He lay flat on his back as the referee counted him out. is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Nevada. ...


Just like that, Foreman had regained the title he had lost to Muhammad Ali two decades before. He went back to his corner and knelt in prayer as the arena erupted in cheers. With this historic victory, Foreman broke two records: he became, at age 45, the oldest fighter ever to win the world heavyweight crown; and, 20 years after losing his title for the first time, he broke the record for the fighter with the longest interval between one world championship and the next.


Shortly after the Moorer fight, Foreman began talking about a potential superfight against Mike Tyson. The WBA organization, however, demanded he fight their No. 1 challenger, who at the time was the competent but aging Tony Tucker. For reasons not clearly known, Foreman refused to fight Tucker, and allowed the WBA to strip him of that belt. He then went on to fight mid-level prospect Axel Schulz of Germany in defense of his remaining IBF title. Schulz was a major underdog, but the experts who dismissed his chances did not take into account his toughness and mobility. Schulz jabbed strongly from long range, was never troubled by Foreman's power, and grew increasingly confident as the fight progressed. Foreman finished the fight with a grotesque swelling over one eye, but was awarded a highly controversial majority decision (two judges scored for Foreman, one called it even). The IBF ordered an immediate rematch to be held in Germany, but Foreman refused the terms and found himself stripped of his remaining title. Michael Gerard Tyson (born June 30, 1966) is a former two-time American world heavyweight boxing champion and is the youngest man to have won a world heavyweight title. ... World Boxing Association (WBA) is a boxing organization that sanctions official matches, and awards the WBA world championship title, at the professional level. ... Tony Craig TNT Tucker (born December 27, 1958) was a professional Heavyweight boxer during the 1980s and some of the 1990s. ... Axel Schulz, born 9 November 1968 in Bad Saarow, Germany is a very successful former German boxer. ... International Boxing Federation (IBF) is one of several boxing organisations. ...


In 1996, Foreman returned to Tokyo, scoring an easy win over the unrated Crawford Grimsley by a 12-round decision. In 1997, he faced fringe contender Lou Savarese, winning a close decision in a grueling, competitive encounter. Then, yet another opportunity came Foreman's way as the WBC decided to match him against Shannon Briggs in a 1998 "eliminator bout" for the right to face WBC champion Lennox Lewis. After 12 rounds, there was once again a controversial majority decision, but this time the victory went to Briggs. Foreman had fought for the last time, at the age of 48. Lou Savarese (born July 14, 1965) is a boxer from Houston, Texas, whose boxing career has been filled with unusual circumstances. ... WBC logo mark The World Boxing Council was initially created by 11 countries: the United States, Argentina, United Kingdom, France, Mexico, Philippines, Panama, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, and Brazil plus Puerto Rico, met in Mexico City on February 14, 1963, upon invitation of the then President of Mexico, Adolfo López... Shannon Brooklyn Briggs (born December 4, 1971 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American heavyweight boxer and actor, whose career peaked by controversially outpointing George Foreman for the linear heavyweight championship but was decelerated by a loss to Lennox Lewis in 1998. ... Lennox Claudius Lewis CM, CBE (born September 2, 1965) is a retired British/Canadian professional boxer. ...


Second retirement

Foreman was gracious and philosophical in his loss to Briggs, but announced his "final" retirement shortly afterward. However, he did plan a return bout against Larry Holmes in 1999, scheduled to take place at the Houston Astrodome on pay per view. The fight was to be billed as "The Birthday Bash" due to both fighters' upcoming birthdays. Foreman was set to make $10 million and Holmes was to make $4 million, but negotiations fell through and the fight was canceled. With a continuing affinity for the sport, Foreman became a respected boxing analyst for HBO. For the politician and activist, see Larry Holmes (Marxist). ... The Reliant Astrodome, formerly just the Astrodome, is a domed sports stadium in Houston, Texas, and is part of the Reliant Park complex. ...


Foreman said he had no plans to resume his career as a boxer, but then announced in February 2004 that he was training for one more comeback fight to demonstrate that the age of 60, like 40, is not a "death sentence." The bout, against an unspecified opponent, never materialized (it was widely thought that Foreman's wife had been a major factor in the change of plans). Having severed his relationship with HBO to pursue other opportunities, George Foreman and the sport of boxing finally went their separate ways.


Boxing Hall of Fame

In January 2003, Foreman was elected to the International Boxing Hall Of Fame, where he was inducted in June. That same year, he was named boxing's ninth greatest puncher of all time by Ring Magazine (see Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time). The modern International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) is located in Canastota, New York, United States, within driving distance from the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown and the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta. ... Front cover of the first issue of Ring Magazine Ring Magazine is a boxing magazine that was first published in 1922. ... In 2003, Ring magazine published a list of 100 greatest punchers of all time in boxing, as voted by the magazines writers. ...


The George Foreman Grill and other business ventures

Apart from his advertisements for Meineke mufflers, Foreman also tours the world promoting the George Foreman Lean Mean Fat Reducing Grilling Machine. Foreman has said that he has made more money from his grilling machine contracts than he made during his entire boxing career, and has suggested that he's better known for the grill than he is for his boxing.[7] Meineke is a company which runs a franchise chain of automotive service centers. ... A typical George Foreman Grill. ...


Foreman will not disclose how much he has earned as a product endorser, but he doesn't dispute a published estimate that his lifetime earnings are about $240 million - three times what he earned in the ring. In 1999, Salton Inc. bought the rights to use his name and selling skills in perpetuity for $127.5 million in cash and $10 million in stock. It stands as one of the biggest endorsement deals for any athlete. Under the original 1995 deal, Foreman had a right to 60% of the profits from the grills, which range in price from $20 to $150. At the height of its success, Foreman received $4.5 million a month in payouts, says Salton CEO Leonhard Dreimann. But, in the past few years, consumers have put off replacing their old Foreman grills and Salton reported a loss of $3.2 million on sales of $274 million in a recent quarter. A typical George Foreman Grill. ...


In 2004, Foreman began marketing the George Foreman brand of "Big and Tall" clothes through the retailer Casual Male. His clothing features "comfort zone" technology, which allows expansion and contraction as the wearer's weight changes.[8]


Foreman appeared in the ABC sitcom "George" for one season in 1993. Foreman appeared as a judge on the second season of the ABC reality television series American Inventor. The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... // This article is about the genre of TV shows. ... American Inventor is a reality television series based on a search for Americas best inventor. ...


Foreman has two books: one, published in May 2007 and titled God in My Corner: A Spiritual Memoir, was written with Ken Abraham; the other, published in October 2007, is called Going the Extra Smile. Both deal with his faith-related experiences, practicing forgiveness, and overcoming adversity. God in My Corner contains numerous pictures from his life and career.


On May 22, 2007, it was announced that Foreman has become a partner in the Panther Racing IndyCar team, which is fielding Vitor Meira, Kosuke Matsuura, and John Andretti in the Indianapolis 500. is the 142nd day of the year (143rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Panthers 2006 car driven by Vitor Meira Panther Racing is an American open wheel auto racing team. ... The Indy Racing League, better known as IRL, is the sanctioning body of a predominantly American based open-wheel racing series. ... Vitor Meira (born March 27, 1977 in Brasilia, Brazil) is an auto racing driver, currently driving for Rahal Letterman Racing in the Indy Racing League (IRL). ... Kosuke Matsuura (born September 4, 1979 in Aichi, Japan) is a race car driver in the Indy Racing League. ... John Andretti talks with a U.S. Navy journalist, courtesy of the U.S. Navy John Andretti is a NASCAR Busch Series driver from Indianapolis, Indiana. ... Indy 500 redirects here. ...


References

  1. ^ About.com: Boxing.
  2. ^ George Foreman bio.
  3. ^ New York Times archive.
  4. ^ a b "Michael Vick to judge: 'I am not the beast'", CNN, 2007-12-14. Retrieved on 2007-12-17. 
  5. ^ George Foreman's church.
  6. ^ George Foreman Youth Center, Houston, TX.
  7. ^ The Motley Fool Radio Show (April 3,2006).
  8. ^ Naomi Aoki. "Casual Male's heavyweight hopes", The Boston Globe, 2004-07-06. Retrieved on 2007-12-17. 

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See also

This is a chronological list of world heavyweight boxing champions, as recognized by the following organizations: The World Boxing Association (WBA), founded in 1921 as the National Boxing Association (NBA), The World Boxing Council (WBC), founded in 1963, The International Boxing Federation (IBF), founded in 1983, and The World Boxing... This is a list of notable male boxers. ... This article or section is incomplete and may require expansion and/or cleanup. ... Many families have had multiple members become famous in the sport of boxing. ...

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