Boxer Profiles: George Foreman

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George Foreman is an American boxer who held the prized Heavyweight World Championship twice; the second of which was far greater than the other as it was achieved twenty years after his first reign and at the age of 46. Apart from professional boxing, Foreman is also a successful entrepreneur and endorser of the George Foreman Grill which sold 100 million units worldwide.

During his childhood, Foreman never thought of becoming a professional boxer. In fact, the future world champion was so much involve in football. However, due to his unusual strength and punching power, Foreman found himself training as an amateur boxer for the American national team.

Foreman competed in the heavyweight division of the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games where he won the gold medal. Shortly, Foreman ended his amateur career with a 22-4 record and jump straight to the pros in 1969.

Foreman’s anticipated debut fight was staged in New York against an unheralded Donald Walheim who was knocked out by Foreman in three rounds.

From then on, Foreman won bout after bout most of which ended in emphatic knockout fashion. Hence, in 1973, the still undefeated Foreman had his biggest break when he was pitted against the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, Joe Frazier.

Frazier fresh from wins against the world’s finest including the great Muhammad Ali was a 3:1 favorite coming into the fight. Likewise, despite Foreman’s huge height and reach advantage boxing experts and fight fans give Foreman a small chance of winning the bout which was dubbed as the “Sunshine Showdown.”

Foreman proved all analysis wrong as he dominated the entire fight en route to a technical knockout win against Frazier in what is considered as the biggest upset in boxing history. Upon winning the bout, Foreman crowned himself WBC and WBA world heavyweight champion.

Foreman defended his title successfully twice before losing it to Ali in the famous “Rumble in the Jungle” in Zaire. He boxed until 1977 and retired for ten years.

In 1987, at the age of 38, Foreman made a comeback and shocked the world as the great puncher was transformed into a tactical boxer who relied on his boxing skills to offset his aging body.

In 1991, Foreman fought Evander Holyfield for the WBC, WBA and IBF belt only to lose on points. Three years later, he would again seek the championship belt which now belongs to Michael Moorer. 

Foreman shocked the world and crowned himself king of boxing once more as he knocked out Moorer in the tenth round of their anticipated fight.

Foreman retired in 1997 having compiled an impressive 76-5 boxing record. 

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