George Foreman

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George Foreman

Retired American professional boxer, two-time World Heavyweight Champion, Olympic gold medalist, ordained minister, author, and entrepreneur add

Category: Boxing

Born in 1949.

Countries: United States (45%), (36%), United Kingdom (4%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Muhammad Ali, Heavyweight, Joe Frazier

Linked to: World Boxing Association, The Ring, HBO, International Boxing Association

 

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George Foreman was born in 1949 add something


1968

After a troubled childhood, Foreman took up boxing and was a gold medalist at the 1968 Olympics add something


1969

Foreman turned professional in 1969 with a three-round knockout of Donald Walheim in New York add something


1970

In 1970, Foreman continued his march toward the undisputed heavyweight title, winning all 12 of his bouts add something

 

Gregorio Peralta - After the Bonavena rematch, he would face George Foreman, in a fight that was nationally televised in the United States, on February 16, 1970, once again at the Madison Square Garden


1971

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 add something

 

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 add something


1972

In 1972, still undefeated, and with an impressive knockout record, Foreman was set to challenge undefeated and Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion Joe Frazier add something


1973

He won the World Heavyweight title with a second round knockout of then-undefeated Joe Frazier in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1973 add something

 

The Sunshine Showdown took place on January 22, 1973, in Kingston, Jamaica, with Foreman dominating the fight to win the championship by technical knockout add something

 

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Production on the album was started in Jamaica in January 1973, though after difficulties with the sound system and the studio piano, coupled with disturbance due to the Joe Frazier and George Foreman boxing match taking place in Kingston, and violent political tension due to the poor economic situation, the band decided to move before any productive work was done


1974

During the summer of 1974, Foreman traveled to Zaire to defend his title against Ali. The bout was promoted as "The Rumble in the Jungle add something

 

He made two successful title defenses before losing to Muhammad Ali in "The Rumble in the Jungle" in 1974 add something

 

Harry Carpenter - Carpenter described the end of the historic boxing fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire, Africa, in 1974, a fight which became known as "The Rumble in the Jungle", as "the most extraordinary few seconds that I have ever seen in a boxing ring"

 

Ken Norton - In 1974, Norton fought George Foreman for the World Heavyweight Championship but was stopped in two rounds at Poliedro of Caracas, Venezuela

 

Miriam Makeba - Makeba was one of the entertainers at the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman held in Zaïre

 

Mobutu Sese Seko - Mobutu featured in the documentary "When We Were Kings", which centred around the famed "Rumble in the Jungle" boxing bout between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali for the 1974 Heavyweight championship of the world

 

Poliedro de Caracas - It was finished in 1974 and officially inaugurated with the fight between George Foreman and Ken Norton on March 26, 1974

 

Joe Frazier - The win again established him as the number one heavyweight challenger for the title that was now held by Ali, following an eighth-round knockout of George Foreman in the famous "Rumble in the Jungle" in October 1974

 

Muhammad Ali - Ali faced off against heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman in Kinshasa on October 30, 1974 in a bout nicknamed "The Rumble in the Jungle"

 

Mobutu Sese Seko - Mobutu was one of the men who was instrumental in bringing the famous "Rumble in the Jungle" match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman to Zaire on 30 October 1974


1976

In 1976, he announced a comeback and stated his intention of securing a rematch with Ali. His first opponent was to be Ron Lyle, who had been defeated by Muhammad Ali in 1975, via 11-th round TKO. At the end of the first round, Lyle landed a hard right that sent Foreman staggering across the ring add something


1977

He was unable to secure another title shot, and retired following a loss to Jimmy Young in 1977 add something


1987

In 1987, after 10 years away from the ring, Foreman surprised the boxing world by announcing a comeback at the age of 38 add something


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. For this purpose his public persona was reinvented and the formerly aloof, ominous Foreman had been replaced by a smiling, friendly George add something


1990

In 1990, Foreman met former title challenger Gerry Cooney in Atlantic City add something

 

Donovan Ruddock - After another KO win over Kimmuel Odum in 1990 Ruddock was now seen as the most feared and exciting heavyweight since Mike Tyson burst onto the boxing scene in 1985 with many ranking his power with that of the Heavyweight greats like George Foreman

 

Alex Stewart (boxer) - Stewart is probably best known for being blown out by Mike Tyson in the first round in 1990, and lost to other notable heavyweights of his era, including Michael Moorer, George Foreman, and Oleg Maskaev


1991

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 add something

 

Angelo Dundee - Dundee later teamed up with George Foreman, including his 1991 Heavyweight title fight against Evander Holyfield and his 1994 Heavyweight title win against then-undefeated Michael Moorer


1992

Evander Holyfield - He retained the Heavyweight crown three times, which included victories over former champions George Foreman and Larry Holmes, before suffering his first professional loss to Riddick Bowe on November 13, 1992


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, being contested between Holyfield and Riddick Bowe add something

 

Tommy Morrison - After two wins in 1993, including one over two-time world title challenger Carl "The Truth" Williams, Morrison found himself fighting for the WBO title again, against heavyweight boxing legend George Foreman, who was himself making a comeback


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 add something

 

Ten years later, he announced a comeback and, in November 1994, at age 45, he regained the Heavyweight Championship by knocking out Michael Moorer add something


1995

Tony Tucker - In 1995, George Foreman refused to defend his WBA world heavyweight title against Tucker, choosing to fight German Axel Schulz

 

Bruce Seldon - On April 8, 1995 Seldon boxed towering ex-champ Tony Tucker for the vacant WBA title that George Foreman had vacated rather than do business with Don King

 

Axel Schulz - On 22 April 1995 Schulz fought George Foreman for the IBF heavyweight title, losing controversially on points


1996

In 1996, Foreman returned to Tokyo, scoring an easy win over the unrated Crawford Grimsley by a 12-round decision add something


1997

In 1997, he faced contender Lou Savarese, winning a close decision in a grueling, competitive encounter add something

 

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 add something


1999

However, he did plan a return bout against Larry Holmes in 1999, scheduled to take place at the Houston Astrodome on pay per view add something

 

Larry Holmes - Holmes and George Foreman signed to fight on January 23, 1999 at the Houston Astrodome


2001

Charles Shufford - He played the role of George Foreman in the 2001 movie Ali


2002

In 2002, he was named one of the 25 greatest fighters of the past 80 years by "The Ring" magazine add something


2004

He was a ringside analyst for HBO's boxing coverage for twelve years, leaving in 2004 add something

 

Foreman said he had no plans to resume his career as a boxer, but 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 add something

 

Destination XL Group - In 2004, Casual Male hired former champion boxer George Foreman to promote the chain and become the spokesman for new lines of clothing bearing his name

 

Casual Male Retail Group - In 2004, Casual Male hired former champion boxer George Foreman to promote the chain and become the spokesman for new lines of clothing bearing his name


2007

Jimmy Lange - In early 2007, International Hall of Fame trainer, Angelo Dundee, who has worked with top notch boxers such as Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and George Foreman, returned to Northern Virginia to be Chief Second for Jimmy


2009

He adopted a daughter, Isabella Brandie Lilja , in 2009; and another, Courtney Isaac , in 2012 add something

 

Ernest Miller - In a January 2009 interview, Miller mentioned that he has been cast as George Foreman in an upcoming HBO biopic


2016

In a 2016 interview, Foreman explained, "I named all my sons George Edward Foreman so they would always have something in common add something


2018

In early July 2018 she broke through Instagram with her "Matrix Parody" video that has over half a million views add something