Happy Birthday George Foreman: Relive the Boxing Legend’s Best Moments

by Madison Miller

His name may sound familiar due to the infamous home grill introduced in 1995, but George Foreman was a lot more than just a product spokesman.

He had one of the most powerful punches that would knock someone out on the spot. Now, the legendary boxer is turning 72 today.

For years, Foreman’s fame came from his widespread success as an American boxer. He was the heavyweight world champion twice during his career. This was in 1973-1974 and then again in 1994-1995. He was the oldest world heavyweight champion when he returned to boxing and got his second championship.

In the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, Foreman walked away with a gold medal in the heavyweight boxing category. He won all 40 of his professional bouts and had 24 consecutive knockouts.

He was defeated by Muhammad Ali in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974 and retired from boxing in 1977.

However, he got back in the ring in 1987, just on the brink of 40-years-old. He had wide success again, capturing the IBF and World Boxing Association heavyweight titles. After being stripped of his IBF title in 1995 for refusing to fight Axel Schulz. He then retired again in 1997.

The boxer had an astounding 76 wins and only 5 losses. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Key Fights During His Career

As the oldest heavyweight champion, Foreman saw his fair share of fights during his career in the ring. One of which is his battle against Muhammad Ali on October 30, 1974.

This fight was in Congo. Foreman was expected to win since he had demolished his fights against Frazier and Norton, who Ali lost to. However, the fight ended with Foreman flat on his back, knocked out in the eighth round. He had let Ali tire him out enough to lose strength and resilience.

Another major fight was against Ron Lyle on January 24, 1976. The two boxers fought for four rounds. Eventually, Foreman beat Lyle in the next three minutes of that round.

It was the “Fight of the Year” in 1976.

Foreman also went against Michael Moorer on November 5, 1994. Moorer was the favored winner for the IBF and WBA titles. He was going against a 45-year-old at the time. Then, Foreman landed a massive right-handed punch to Moorer’s head, making him unable to stand back up. He had upset the odds.

He is famous for his quote, “The age of 40 is not a death sentence.” His boxing career comeback after retirement proves this.

George Foreman Retirement Life

Most notably, Foreman’s post-boxing life is recognized from his work with the George Foreman grill.

As a successful entrepreneur, he sold more than 100 million units worldwide. He then sold the rights to the grill in 1999 for $138 million.

He made over $200 million from his venture into the grilling world, which was actually substantially more than he made during his boxing career.

Besides the George Foreman grill, he was also a ringside analyst for HBO for 12 years until stopping in 2012.

He will continue to be known as one of the best punchers of the sport and one of the athletes that preached age really is just a number.

H/T: Britannica