George Edward Foreman is a two-time former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, an Olympic gold medalist(1968 Mexico City Olympic Games), ordained Baptist minister, author and successful entrepreneur. His most notable fights in his early career were his knockout (TKO-2) against Joe Frazier in 1973 and his loss to Muhammad Ali (KO by 8 ) in “The Rumble in the Jungle” in 1974.
Foreman had an amateur record of 22-4, two loses against Clay Hodges and turned professional in 1969 with a three-round knockout of Donald Walheim in New York.
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.
Fight against Joe Frazier
The Sunshine Showdown took place on January 22, 1973, in Kingston, Jamaica, with Foreman dominating the fight to win the championship by technical knockout in one of boxing’s biggest upsets. Frazier was knocked down six times by Foreman within two rounds, with the three knockdowns rule being waived for this bout. After the second knockdown, Frazier’s balance and mobility were impaired to the extent that he was unable to evade Foreman’s combinations. Frazier managed to get to his feet for all six knockdowns, but referee Arthur Mercante eventually called an end to the one-sided bout.
Video from the Fight Frazier vs Foreman
In 1974, in Caracas, Venezuela, he faced the highly regarded Ken Norton a boxer notorious for his awkward boxing style and who had broken the jaw of Muhammad Ali while defeating him on points a year earlier.I n an astonishing display of aggression and punching power, Foreman knocked out Norton in just two rounds scoring three knockdowns all in the second round. The win made Foreman 40–0 with 37 knockouts.
Video from the Fight Foreman vs Norton
The fight in Zaire- ‘Rumble in the Jungle’
Foreman’s next title defense, against Muhammad Ali, was historic. During the summer of 1974, Foreman traveled to Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) to defend his title against Ali. The bout was promoted as The Rumble in the Jungle.
During training in Zaire, Foreman suffered a cut above his eye, forcing postponement of the match for a month. Foreman was favorite having knocked out both Joe Frazier and Ken Norton (the only men to defeat Ali to that point) within two rounds.
When Foreman and Ali finally met in the ring, Ali began more aggressively than expected, outscoring Foreman with superior punching speed. In the second round, Ali retreated to the ropes, shielding his head and hitting Foreman in the face at every opportunity. 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, being much looser than usual, allowed 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. Ali also pushed down on Foreman’s neck, getting away with a move the referee is expected to discourage.
In either case, Ali was able to counter off the ropes with blows to the face, and was able to penetrate Foreman’s defense. 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. Late in the eighth round, Ali began landing unreturned punches and sprang off the ropes with a sudden flurry to Foreman’s head, punctuated by a hard right cross that landed flush on Foreman’s jaw. Foreman was thrown off balance and fell to the floor. It was Foreman’s first defeat, and Muhammad Ali would remain the only boxer to defeat him by a knockout.
Video from the Fight Foreman vs Ali
In 1977 Foreman went to Puerto Rico to fight Jimmy Young. He fought cautiously early on, allowing Young to settle into the fight. Foreman badly hurt Young in round 7 but was unable to land a finishing blow. Foreman tired during the second half of the fight and even suffered a flash knockdown in round 12 en route to losing a decision.
Foreman became ill in his dressing room after the fight.He claimed he found himself in a hellish, frightening place of nothingness and despair. 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 in Houston, Texas, and devoted himself to his family and his congregation. He also opened a youth center that bears his name.
In 1987, after 10 years away from the ring, Foreman surprised the boxing world by announcing a comeback at the age of 38.
In 1994 Foreman became the oldest man ever to become heavyweight boxing champion of the world when at age 45, he knocked out(KO-10) Michael Moorer, age 26, to reclaim the title he held 20 years earlier.
Video from the fight Foreman vs Moore
He has been named one of the 25 greatest fighters of all time by Ring magazine. Nicknamed “Big George”he is now a successful businessman and an ordained Christian minister who has his own church.
Foreman is ranked #9 on Ring magazine’s list of “100 greatest punchers of all time”. He is also well-known for the eponymous George Foreman Grill.
Photos of George Foreman
George Edward Foreman is a two-time former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, an Olympic gold medalist(1968 Mexico City Olympic Games), ordained Baptist minister, author and successful entrepreneur.
Holder of the title :January 22, 1973-October 30, 1974 & March 4, 1995-June 28, 1995
Nickname(s) :Big George,The Heywood Giant
Height :6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Reach :82 in (208 cm)
Birth place :Marshall, Texas, United States
Total fights :81
Wins by KO :69