Bouts: 81, Won: 76, Lost: 5, Drew: 0, KOs: 68
Born George Edward Foreman in Marshall, TX on January 10, 1949.
Once a rebellious teen, "Big George" found boxing as
an outlet while in the Job Corps. Foreman's successful amateur
career included the 1968 National AAU heavyweight championship
and the heavyweight gold medal at the 1968 Olympic Games. He turned
pro in 1969 and wasted little time meeting and defeating top opposition
including Gregorio Peralta and George Chuvalo. The hard-punching
Foreman met heavyweight king Joe Frazier on January 22, 1973 and
dispatched the champion in two rounds. He defended his title successfully
twice against Jose "King" Roman (KO 1) and Ken Norton
(TKO 2) before losing the title to former champion Muhammad Ali
in "The Rumble in the Jungle" on October 30, 1974. Following
a series of exhibition bouts, Foreman bested Ron Lyle over 5 action-packed
rounds in January 1976. That year he also defeated Frazier and
Scott LeDoux before dropping a 12-round decision to Jimmy Young
in 1977, after which Foreman had a religious experience and retired
from the ring to become an ordained minister.
But a decade
later, Foreman embarked on one of the most improbable, yet successful,
comebacks in sports history. Reentering the ring, he racked up
wins over Dwight Qawi, Bert Cooper, and Gerry Cooney to earn a
shot at Evander Holyfield's heavyweight title on April 19, 1991.
Although he lost the decision, Foreman's outgoing personality
and affable manner endeared him to sports fans. After wins over
Alex Stewart and Pierre Coetzer, Foreman lost a decision to Tommy
Morrison for the WBO title.
November 5, 1994, the 45-year old Foreman defeated Michael Moorer
to regain the heavyweight championship and became the oldest man
to ever hold the crown. Foreman retired from the ring with a 76-5
(68 KOs) record following a controversial loss to Shannon Briggs
in 1997. Still active in boxing, Foreman serves as expert commentator
for HBO's World Championship Boxing.