George Foreman
American boxer
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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George Foreman on Trump, small businesses
Fox News - 18 days
Legendary boxer joins in
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My Nose Knows An Anti-Semite When It Smells One
Huffington Post - 3 months
I have been a journalist since 1973. I spent the bulk of my career at the Los Angeles Times before coming to The Huffington Post in 2011. Before The Times, I toiled at suburban newspapers in New Jersey. With the exception of sports, I can’t think of a subject I haven’t reported on. And actually, now that I think of it, I did cover one sporting event ― a George Foreman fight where I wrote about what women who sat in the front row wore knowing they would get blood and sweat splattered on them. During all those years as a reporter, it goes without saying that I am hardly a stranger to being called unflattering names by disgruntled readers. But until the presidential election of 2016, my nose was never an issue.  For those who don’t speak code, I am Jewish. Semitic people like me often have prominent noses. The Nazis latched on to this feature of ours and turned the hooked nose into an overt propaganda tool. A German textbook from 1938 taught young students: “The Jewish nose is ben ...
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Finding a fitting slogan for every team in the top 25
ABC News - 5 months
The Way-Too-Early Top 25 rankings for next season in college basketball have been updated, and we've decided to look beyond the on-the-court talent. In this political season, slogans are important and ever-present. Which slogans would each of the teams in our top 25 have on hats, T-shirts and billboards? 1. Duke Blue Devils: "Kiss The Ring(s)" Mike Krzyzewski continues to extend his legacy. If he had left the game a decade ago, his name still would have stood among the game's great coaches. Today, he impresses with his longevity. He led Duke to the Final Four in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. Thirty years after he led the 1985-86 Duke squad to the national championship game, he'll enter 2016-17 with the nation's No. 1 squad, a team so stacked that five-star recruit Marques Bolden could come off the bench. This is Jack Nicklaus winning the Masters at 46. This is George Foreman's knockout of former champ Michael.. ...
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Olympic Withdrawal
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I've been watching the Olympics all my life. I was born in 1964, the year the Olympics were in Tokyo. While I do not recall watching the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, I do recall seeing a brief clip on the news (probably anchored by Walter Cronkite) of a young heavyweight boxer named George Foreman, waving a tiny American flag in the ring, after winning a gold medal. This was the same Olympics when the American men's relay track team raised their fists in a black power salute. Sadly, George Foreman's patriotism was lost on me at four years old. The first Olympics I really remember watching with purpose was the 1972 games in Munich Germany. The whole thing was captivating. The opening ceremonies, the lighting of the eternal flame, the Olympic theme song. An odd, yet satisfying mixture of sports and pomposity. With a healthy dose of good ol' "us versus them" nationalism. Watching the Munich games I realized that the Olympics are a buffet of sports you never get to see on TV. All so ...
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'Better Late than Never' hits the road with senior stars
CNN - 6 months
Brian Lowry reviews NBC's 'Better Late than Never' starring Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman.
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Review: 'Better Late than Never' hits the road with senior stars
CNN - 6 months
Brian Lowry reviews NBC's 'Better Late than Never' starring Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, and George Foreman.
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'Better Late Than Never' Review: The Innocents Abroad
Wall Street Journal - 6 months
Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman travel together through Asia on NBC’s new show.
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George Foreman remembers Muhammad Ali
CBS News - 9 months
George Foreman was a heavy favorite when he matched up with an older, slower Muhammad Ali in the "Rumble in the Jungle."
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Ali casts long shadow over lackluster heavyweight ranks
Yahoo News - 9 months
The death of Muhammad Ali was a sharp reminder of a glittering era of heavyweight boxing that contrasts starkly with the anemic state of the sport's marquee division today. Ali, who died of septic shock on Friday at the age of 74 after decades of battling Parkinson's disease, was the cornerstone of a heavyweight triumvirate that also included Joe Frazier and George Foreman, whose flair and ferocity kept boxing at the forefront of the cultural conversation. Frazier absorbed tremendous punishment but relentlessly out-worked Ali and dropped him in the 15th round to win by unanimous decision and launch an epic trilogy capped by the "Thrilla in Manila".
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'There Will Never Be Another': George Foreman Remembers Muhammad Ali
NPR - 9 months
Boxing titan George Foreman remembers Muhammad Ali, a dear friend and one-time rival in a historic fight in 1974. Ali died Friday at age 74.
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Rumble in the Jungle: 41 years later
CNN - 9 months
For many, the world heavyweight championship between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman is the most compelling sporting event of all time.
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George Foreman makes a case for Amir Khan beating Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez
LATimes - 10 months
Amir Khan isn’t relying on just his punching and foot speed to avoid getting struck by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s best power punches Saturday night in their pay-per-view fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Khan is also leaning on history. The British boxer and former junior-welterweight champion...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of George Foreman
    THIRTIES
  • 2009
    He adopted a daughter, Isabella Brandie Lilja (Foreman), in 2009; and another, Courtney Isaac (Foreman), in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details When Foreman came back from retirement he argued that his success was due to his healthy eating, which made him a perfect fit for Salton, Inc., which was looking for a spokesperson for its fat-reducing grill, in which Foreman had some influence designing. Hulk Hogan had previously been considered, but chose to pitch the Hulkamania Meatball Maker instead. The George Foreman Grill has sold over 100 million units since it was first launched, a feat achieved in a little over 15 years. Although Foreman has never confirmed exactly how much he has earned from the endorsement, it is known that Salton paid him $137 million in 1999, for the right to use his name. Prior to that, he was paid about 40% of the profits on each grill sold (earning him $4.5 million a month in payouts at its peak), so it is estimated he has made a total of over $200 million from the endorsement, substantially more than he earned as a boxer. Recently, Foreman has capitalized on the success obtained with the Foreman Grill to endorse InventHelp; the company behind INPEX (Invention and New Product Exposition); America's largest invention trade show.
  • 2004
    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."
    More Details Hide Details The bout, against an unspecified opponent (rumored to be Trevor Berbick), 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. Foreman has 12 children: five sons and seven daughters. His five sons are George Jr., George III ("Monk"), George IV ("Big Wheel"), George V ("Red"), and George VI ("Little Joey"). The two daughters from his marriage are Natalia and Leola; his three daughters from a separate relationship are Michi, Freeda, and Georgetta.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 cancelled. With a continuing affinity for the sport, Foreman became a respected boxing analyst for HBO.
  • 1997
    Then, yet another opportunity came Foreman's way as the WBC decided to match him against Shannon Briggs in a 1997 "eliminator bout" for the right to face WBC champion Lennox Lewis.
    More Details Hide Details After 12 rounds, in which Foreman consistently rocked Briggs with power punches, almost everyone at ringside saw Foreman as the clear winner. Once again there was a controversial decision—but this time it went in favor of Foreman's opponent, with Briggs awarded a points win. Foreman had fought for the last time, at the age of 48.
    In 1997, he faced contender Lou Savarese, winning a close decision in a grueling, competitive encounter.
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  • 1996
    In 1996, Foreman returned to Tokyo, scoring an easy win over the unrated Crawford Grimsley by a 12-round decision.
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  • 1994
    In 1994, Foreman once again sought to challenge for the world championship after Michael Moorer had beaten Holyfield for the IBF and WBA titles.
    More Details Hide Details Having lost his last fight against Morrison, Foreman was unranked and in no position to demand another title shot. His relatively high profile, however, made a title shot against Moorer, 19 years his junior, a lucrative prospect at seemingly little risk for the champion. Foreman's title challenge against Moorer 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. However, Foreman launched a comeback in the tenth round and hit Moorer with a number of punches. Then 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.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Foreman remains the oldest heavyweight champion in history, and the second oldest in any weight class after Bernard Hopkins (at light heavyweight). He retired in 1997 at the age of 48, with a final record of 76 wins 5 losses and 68 knockouts. Foreman has been inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame and the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO) rates Foreman as the eighth greatest heavyweight of all time. In 2002, he was named one of the 25 greatest fighters of the past 80 years by The Ring magazine. The Ring ranked him as the ninth greatest puncher of all time. He was a ringside analyst for HBO's boxing coverage for twelve years, leaving in 2004. Outside of boxing, he is a successful entrepreneur and is known for his promotion of the George Foreman Grill, which has sold over 100 million units worldwide. In 1999 he sold the naming rights to the grill for $138 million.
  • 1993
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Foreman was competitive throughout the match, but after 12 rounds, Morrison won a unanimous decision.
  • 1991
    Round 7, in which Foreman knocked Holyfield off balance before being staggered by a powerful combination, was expected to be Ring Magazines "Round of the Year", though no award was given in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Very few boxing experts gave the 42-year-old Foreman a chance of winning. Foreman, who weighed in at 257 pounds, 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.
  • 1990
    In 1990, Foreman met former title challenger Gerry Cooney in Atlantic City.
    More Details Hide Details Cooney was coming off a long period of inactivity, but was well regarded for his punching power. Cooney wobbled Foreman in the first round, but Foreman landed several powerful punches in the second round. Cooney was knocked down twice and Foreman had scored a devastating KO. Foreman went on to win four more fights that year.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    By 1989, while continuing his comeback, Foreman had sold his name and face for the advertising of various products, selling everything from grills to mufflers on TV.
    More Details Hide Details For this purpose his public persona was reinvented, and the formerly aloof, ominous 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. Foreman continued his string of victories, winning five more fights, the most impressive being a three-round win over Bert Cooper, who went on to contest the Undisputed Heavyweight title against Evander Holyfield.
  • 1988
    In 1988, he won nine times.
    More Details Hide Details Perhaps his most notable win during this period was a seventh-round knockout of former Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight Champion Dwight Muhammad Qawi. Having always been a deliberate 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. The late-round fatigue that had plagued him in the ring as a young man now seemed to be unexpectedly 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).
  • 1987
    In 1987, after 10 years away from the ring, Foreman surprised the boxing world by announcing a comeback at the age of 38.
    More Details Hide Details In his autobiography, he wrote that his primary motive was to raise money to fund the youth center he had created, which had required much of the money he had earned in the initial phase of his career. Another stated ambition was to fight Mike Tyson. For his first fight, he went to Sacramento, California, where he beat journeyman Steve Zouski by a knockout in four rounds. Foreman weighed 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 said 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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    1977 proved to be a life changing year for Foreman.
    More Details Hide Details After knocking out Pedro Agosto in four rounds at Pensacola, Florida, Foreman flew to Puerto Rico a day before the fight without giving himself time to acclimatise. His opponent was the skilled boxer Jimmy Young, who had beaten Ron Lyle and lost a very controversial decision to Muhammad Ali the previous year. Foreman fought cautiously early on, allowing Young to settle into the fight. Young constantly complained about Foreman pushing him, for which Foreman eventually had a point deducted by the referee, although Young was never warned for his persistent holding. 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 suffered a knockdown in round 12 en route to losing a decision. 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 spoke of being in a hellish, frightening place of nothingness and despair, and realized that he was in the midst of death. Though not yet religious, he began to plead with God to help him. He explained that he sensed God asking him to change his life and ways. When he said, "I don't care if this is death – I still believe there is a God", he felt a hand pull him out and sensed that he was also suffering stigmata.
  • 1975
    His first opponent was to be Ron Lyle, who had been defeated by Muhammad Ali in 1975, via 11-th round TKO.
    More Details Hide Details At the end of the first round, Lyle landed a hard right 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. Foreman said later that he had never been hit so hard in a fight and remembered looking down at the canvas and seeing blood. In the fifth round, both fighters continued to ignore defense and traded their hardest punches, looking crude. 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. Lyle remained on the canvas and was counted out, giving Foreman the KO victory. The fight was named by The Ring as "The Fight of the Year."
    Foreman remained inactive during 1975.
    More Details Hide Details In 1976, he announced a comeback and stated his intention of securing a rematch with Ali.
  • 1974
    Foreman's next title defence, against Muhammad Ali, was historic. During the summer of 1974, he traveled to Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) to defend his title against Ali.
    More Details Hide Details 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. The injury affected his training regimen, as it meant he couldn't spar in the build-up to the fight and risk the cut being re-opened. He later commented: "That was the best thing that happened to Ali when we were in Africa—the fact that I had to get ready for the fight without being able to box." Foreman later also claimed he was drugged by his trainer prior to the bout. Ali used this time to tour Zaire, endearing himself to the public while taunting Foreman at every opportunity. Foreman was favored, having knocked out both Joe Frazier and Ken Norton within two rounds. When Foreman and Ali finally met in the ring, Ali began more aggressively than expected, outscoring Foreman with superior punching speed. However, Ali quickly realized that this approach required him to move much more than Foreman and would cause him to tire. 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, Foreman was unable to land many big punches to Ali's head. The ring ropes, being much looser than usual (Foreman later charged that Angelo Dundee had loosened them, and this story is supported by Norman Mailer in the book The Fight), allowed Ali to lean back and away from Foreman's wild swings and then grab Foreman behind the head, forcing Foreman to expend much extra energy untangling himself.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Norton had a good chin and had performed well against Ali in their two matches, winning the first on points and nearly winning the second. (Norton developed a reputation for showing nerves against heavy hitters, largely beginning with this fight.) After an even first round, Foreman staggered Norton with an uppercut a minute into round two, buckling him into the ropes. Norton did not hit the canvas but continued on wobbly legs, clearly not having recovered, and shortly he went down a further two times in quick succession, with the referee intervening and stopping the fight. "Ken was awesome when he got going. I didn't want him to get into the fight", Foreman said when interviewed years later. This fight became known as the "Caracas Caper". Foreman had cruised past two of the top names in the rankings. The win gave him a 40–0 record with 37 knockouts.
  • 1973
    The Sunshine Showdown took place on January 22, 1973, in Kingston, Jamaica, with Foreman dominating the fight to win the championship by technical knockout.
    More Details Hide Details In ABC's re-broadcast, Howard Cosell made the memorable call, "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). 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. 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 later attributed his demeanor during this time as an emulation of Sonny Liston, for whom he had been an occasional sparring partner. Foreman defended his title successfully twice during his initial reign as champion. His first defense, in Tokyo, pitted him against Puerto Rican Heavyweight Champion José Roman. Roman was not regarded as a top contender, and it took Foreman only 2 minutes to end the fight, one of the fastest knockouts in a Heavyweight Championship bout.
  • 1972
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Despite Foreman's superior size and reach, he was not expected to beat Frazier and was a 3:1 underdog going into the fight.
  • 1971
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After amassing a record of 32–0 (29 KO), he was ranked as the number one challenger by the WBA and WBC.
  • 1970
    In 1970, Foreman continued his march toward the undisputed heavyweight title, winning all 12 of his bouts (11 by knockout).
    More Details Hide Details Among the opponents he defeated were Gregorio Peralta, whom he decisioned at Madison Square Garden although Peralta showed that Foreman was vulnerable to fast counter punching mixed with an assertive boxing style. Foreman then defeated George Chuvalo by technical knockout (TKO) in three rounds. After this win, Foreman defeated Charlie Polite in four rounds and Boone Kirkman in three.
  • 1969
    Foreman turned professional in 1969 with a three-round knockout of Donald Walheim in New York.
    More Details Hide Details He had a total of 13 fights that year, winning all of them (11 by knockout).
  • OTHER
  • 1968
    Foreman won a gold medal in the boxing/heavyweight division at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.
    More Details Hide Details In the final Olympic bout, Foreman defeated Soviet Union's Jonas Čepulis when the referee stopped the fight in the 2nd round. Čepulis' face was already bleeding in the first round from Foreman's punches, and had to take a standing eight count early in the second round. After winning the gold medal fight, Foreman walked around the ring carrying a small American flag. Foreman had an amateur record of 22–4, losing twice to Clay Hodges (also defeated by Max Briggs in his first ever fight).
    After a troubled childhood, Foreman took up amateur boxing and won a gold medal in the heavyweight division at the 1968 Summer Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details Having turned professional the next year, he won the world heavyweight title with a second-round knockout of then-undefeated Joe Frazier in 1973. Two successful title defenses were made before Foreman's first professional loss to Muhammad Ali in "The Rumble in the Jungle" in 1974. Unable to secure another title opportunity, Foreman retired following a loss to Jimmy Young in 1977. Following what he referred to as a religious epiphany, Foreman became an ordained Christian minister.
  • 1949
    Born on January 10, 1949.
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