George Foreman


George Edward Foreman (born January 10, 1949) is a retired American professional boxer, former two-time World Heavyweight Champion, Olympic gold medalist, ordained Baptist minister, author and entrepreneur.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of George Foreman.


1949 Birth Born on January 10, 1949.


1968 19 Years Old 1 More Event
After a troubled childhood, Foreman took up amateur boxing and won a gold medal in the heavyweight division at the 1968 Summer Olympics. … Read More


1969 - 1970 2 More Events
1971 22 Years Old In 1971, Foreman won seven more fights, winning all of them by knockout, 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. … Read More
1972 23 Years Old In 1972, still undefeated and with an impressive knockout record, Foreman was set to challenge undefeated and Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion Joe Frazier. Despite boycotting a title elimination caused by the vacancy resulting from the championship being stripped from Muhammad Ali, Frazier had won the title from Jimmy Ellis and defended his title four times since, including a 15-round unanimous decision over the previously unbeaten Ali in 1971 after Ali had beaten Oscar Bonavena and Jerry Quarry. … Read More
1973 24 Years Old The Sunshine Showdown took place on January 22, 1973, in Kingston, Jamaica, with Foreman dominating the fight to win the championship by technical knockout. … Read More
1974 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Foreman's next defense was against a much tougher opponent. In 1974, in Caracas, Venezuela, he faced the highly regarded hall-of-famer Ken Norton (who was 30–2), a boxer noted for his awkward crossed-arm boxing style, crab-like defense, and heavy punch (a style Foreman emulated in his comeback), who had broken the jaw of Muhammad Ali in a points victory a year earlier. … Read More
1975 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Foreman remained inactive during 1975. … Read More
1977 28 Years Old 1977 proved to be a life changing year for Foreman. … Read More


1987 38 Years Old In 1987, after 10 years away from the ring, Foreman surprised the boxing world by announcing a comeback at the age of 38. … Read More
1988 39 Years Old In 1988, he won nine times. … Read More


1989 - 1990 2 More Events
1991 42 Years Old 1 More Event
Then, in 1991, 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. … Read More
1993 44 Years Old 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. … Read More
1994 45 Years Old 1 More Event
Ten years later, he announced a comeback and, in 1994, at age 45, he regained a portion of the heavyweight championship by knocking out 27-year-old Michael Moorer to win the unified WBA, IBF, and lineal titles. … Read More
1996 47 Years Old In 1996, Foreman returned to Tokyo, scoring an easy win over the unrated Crawford Grimsley by a 12-round decision.
1997 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1997, he faced contender Lou Savarese, winning a close decision in a grueling, competitive encounter.


1999 50 Years Old Foreman was gracious and philosophical in his loss to Briggs, but announced his "final" retirement shortly afterwards. However, he did plan a return bout against Larry Holmes in 1999, scheduled to take place at the Houston Astrodome on pay per view. … Read More
2004 55 Years Old 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 55, like 40, is not a "death sentence." … Read More


2009 60 Years Old He adopted a daughter, Isabella Brandie Lilja (Foreman), in 2009; and another, Courtney Isaac (Foreman), in 2012. … Read More
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