George Foreman is mainly well known for his heavy hitting style and his ability to knockout his opponents quickly and effortlessly. At the beginning of his career, he rapidly became known as a force to be reckoned with a record of more than a ninety percent win ratio all by punishing knockout. He was a bruiser and anyone slated up against him was sure to be intimidated at the prospect of meeting him in the ring.
He ploughed through fighter after fighter paving his route to the championship in the heavyweight class, making mincemeat of stars like Joe Frasier who entered the ring undefeated. Foreman was the underdog in the fight and took everyone by surprise when he dropped Frasier to the mat over and over again. As many times as he went down in the first couple of rounds, Frasier got to his feet and kept swinging until the ref had to put it to an end. Foreman went on to knock our Jose Roman in minutes and then moved on to beat down Ken Norton. As easily as they stepped up, Foreman took them down and he was unstoppable in his prime.
When he finally stepped up to meet Cassius Clay, the Greatest, Forman was introduced to his very first loss. The Rumble in the Jungle is still remembered by boxing fans and Foreman learned that strategy could trump brute strength when Ali bounced around the ring letting Big George wear himself out. When he was clearly exhausted, Ali laid the blow that knocked Foreman out, losing the heavyweight belt to the three time champ.
Foreman sidestepped the ring for a couple of years after that, need some time to recover for the sting of defeat and he re-entered the ring to battle in what was called at the time the “fight of the year” against Ron Lyle. The two engaged blow for blow for a bit until Foreman took the fight in a knockout and then he moved on to four more victories in his subsequent matches, all of them by knockout. When he met with another defeat, this time by judges’ decision, he decided to call it quits and began a ministerial life soon afterward.
Ten years later, Big George stunned everyone by deciding to return to the ring at just under 40 years of age. He was far from in fighting shape and the speculation was that it would not go well for the former champ but quite contrary to conjecture, he racked up knockout after knockout, again garnering much attention and again achieving relevance in the boxing world. While he wasn’t as fast moving as he was in his younger years, he embraced a style of power and accuracy and landed his punishing blows with precision and strength.
George Foreman was 45 when he again claimed the heavyweight belt in a knockout fight against Michael Moorer who was almost 20 years in junior. Moorer had edged the championship away from Evander Holyfield earlier in 1994, becoming the first southpaw as a heavyweight champ, although his reign was short lived. Although Forman had to carefully pace himself throughout the match to weather the energy he was up against, he dropped Moorer in the 10th round to become the sports oldest champ.
Foreman fought for the final time at the age of 48 and after his second retirement, Foreman began a number of successful business ventures including being the spokesman for the ever popular George Foreman Grill, a decision that garnered him far greater income than his career in boxing.
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