George Foreman

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George Foreman
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Foreman in 2016
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Real nameGeorge Edward Foreman
Nickname(s)Big George
Weight(s) Heavyweight
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm) [1]
Reach78+12 in (199 cm) [1]
NationalityAmerican
Born (1949-01-10) January 10, 1949 (age 72)
Marshall, Texas, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights81
Wins76
Wins by KO68
Losses5

George Edward Foreman (born January 10, 1949) [2] [3] is an American former professional boxer, entrepreneur, minister and author. As a professional boxer, he was nicknamed "Big George" and competed between 1969 and 1997. He is a two-time lineal world heavyweight champion and an Olympic gold medalist. As an entrepreneur, he is known for the George Foreman Grill.

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After a troubled childhood, Foreman took up amateur boxing and won a gold medal in the heavyweight division at the 1968 Summer Olympics. Having turned professional the next year, he won the world heavyweight title with a stunning second-round knockout of then-undefeated Joe Frazier in 1973. He defended the belt twice before suffering his first professional loss, to Muhammad Ali in the iconic Rumble in the Jungle in 1974. [4] Unable to secure another title opportunity, Foreman retired after a loss to Jimmy Young in 1977.

Following what he referred to as a religious epiphany, Foreman became an ordained Christian minister. [5] Ten years later he announced a comeback, and in 1994 at age 45 won the unified WBA, IBF, and lineal heavyweight championship titles by knocking out 26-year-old Michael Moorer. He dropped the WBA belt rather than face his mandatory title defense soon after, and following a single IBF title defense on June 28, 1995, Foreman renounced his title– the last major belt he ever held. He was 46 years and 169 days old, becoming the oldest world heavyweight champion in history. [6] Foreman is the oldest to ever win the world heavyweight boxing championship of major honors, and the second-oldest in any weight class after Bernard Hopkins (at light heavyweight). Foreman reigned as the lineal heavyweight world champion until his controversial loss to shannon briggs age 48 years 10 months in 1997 which resulted in foreman's final bout, with a final record of 76 wins (68 knockouts) and 5 losses.

Foreman has been inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame and International Boxing Hall of Fame. The International Boxing Research Organization rates Foreman as the eighth-greatest heavyweight of all time. [7] In 2002, he was named one of the 25 greatest fighters of the past 80 years by The Ring. [8] The Ring ranked him as the ninth-greatest puncher of all time. [9] He was a ringside analyst for HBO's boxing coverage for 12 years until 2004. [10] Outside boxing, he is a successful entrepreneur and known for his promotion of the George Foreman Grill, which has sold more than 100 million units worldwide. [11] In 1999, he sold the commercial rights to the grill for $138 million. [12]

Early life and amateur career

George Foreman was born in Marshall, Texas. He grew up in the Fifth Ward community of Houston, Texas, with six siblings. [13] Although he was raised by J. D. Foreman, whom his mother had married when George was a small child, his biological father was Leroy Moorehead. By his own admission in his autobiography, George was a troubled youth. He dropped out of school at the age of 15 and spent time as a mugger. At age 16, Foreman had a change of heart and convinced his mother to sign him up for the Job Corps after seeing an ad for the Corps on TV. As part of the Job Corps, Foreman earned his GED and trained to become a carpenter and bricklayer. [14] After moving to Pleasanton, California, with the help of a supervisor, he began to train. Foreman was interested in football and idolized Jim Brown, but gave it up for boxing. [ citation needed ]

1968 Summer Olympics

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Foreman with President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968

Foreman won a gold medal in the boxing/heavyweight division at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games. In the finals, Foreman defeated the Soviet Union's Jonas Čepulis; the referee stopped the fight in the second round. [15] 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. [16] Čepulis, fighting out of Lithuania, was a 29-year-old veteran with a 12-year-long amateur career, having over 220 fights in his record, quite experienced, and 10 years older than Foreman. [17]

After winning the gold-medal fight, Foreman walked around the ring carrying a small U.S. flag and bowing to the crowd. [15] [16] Foreman maintained that earning the Olympic gold medal was the achievement he was most proud of in his boxing career, more so than either of his world titles. [14]

Amateur accomplishments

Professional career

Foreman turned professional in 1969 with a three-round knockout of Donald Walheim in New York City. He had a total of 13 fights that year, winning all of them (11 by knockout).

In 1970, Foreman continued his march toward the undisputed heavyweight title, winning all 12 of his bouts (11 by knockout). 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. Peralta and Chuvalo were Foreman's first world-level wins. Peralta was the number-10 ranked heavyweight in the world in January 1970 per The Ring, [19] while Chuvalo was number seven in the world per their March 1971 issue. [20]

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 10th and final round in Oakland, California, and a win over Leroy Caldwell, whom he knocked out in the second round. After amassing a record of 32–0 (29 KO), he was ranked as the number-one challenger by the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council.

Title Reign

Sunshine Showdown: Foreman vs. Frazier

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Foreman in 1973

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. Despite Foreman's superior size and reach, he was not expected to beat Frazier [21] and was a 3:1 underdog going into the fight.

The Sunshine Showdown took place on January 22, 1973, in Kingston, Jamaica, with Foreman dominating the fight to win the championship by TKO. In ABC's rebroadcast, 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 (the three-knockdown rule was not in effect 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. [22] 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, but had managed to beat a few decent fighters such as EBU champion Spain Jose Manuel Urtain, and was ranked the number-seven heavyweight in the March 1973 issue of The Ring. [23] Foreman needed only two minutes to end the fight, one of the fastest knockouts in a heavyweight championship bout.

The Caracas Caper: Foreman vs. Norton

Foreman's next defense was against a much tougher opponent. In 1974, in Caracas, Venezuela, he faced the highly regarded future 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. 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 quote needs a citation ] 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.

Losing the title

The Rumble in the Jungle: Foreman vs. Ali

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A cut to Foreman's right eye on September 18, 1974 postponed the bout for a month
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Foreman with trainer Archie Moore on September 10, 1974, on the way to Kinshasa for his fight with Muhammad Ali

Foreman's next title defense, on October 30, 1974 in Kinshasa, Zaire against Muhammad Ali, was historic. The bout, promoted as the "Rumble in the Jungle", exceeded even its wildest expectations.

During training there in mid-September 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 could not spar in the build-up to the fight and risk the cut being reopened. 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." [25] Foreman later also claimed he was drugged by his trainer prior to the bout. [26] Ali used this time to tour Zaire, endearing himself to the public, while taunting Foreman at every opportunity. Foreman was favored, having crushed undefeated heavyweight champion Joe Frazier and toppled formidable challenger Ken Norton both within two rounds.

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Ali "rope-a-dopes" to avoid Foreman's superior power

When Foreman and Ali finally met in the ring, Ali began more aggressively than expected, outscoring Foreman with superior punching speed. 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 unusually loose[ citation needed ] (Foreman later charged that Angelo Dundee had loosened them, a story supported by Norman Mailer in the book The Fight ), allowed Ali to lean back and away from Foreman's wild swings and then to clinch Foreman behind the head, forcing Foreman to expend much extra energy untangling himself. Ali also constantly pushed down on Foreman's neck,[ citation needed ] but was never warned about doing so. To this day, whether Ali's prefight talk of using speed and movement against Foreman had been just a diversion or his reliance on what he dubbed the "rope-a-dope" was a mid-bout improvisation is unclear. His longtime trainer, Angelo Dundee, maintained to his death it was not part of their strategy, and he had been as surprised by it as everyone else.

Ali continued to take heavy punishment to the body in exchange for the opportunity to land a hard jolt to Foreman's head. Ali later said he was "out on his feet" twice during the bout. As Foreman began to tire, his punches began to lose power and became increasingly wild. By mid-bout an increasingly confident Ali began to taunt the exhausted champion relentlessly, who had been reduced to mere pawing and landing harmless rubber-armed blows. Late in the eighth round Ali came off the ropes with a series of successively harder and more accurate right hooks to the side and back of Foreman's head, leaving him dazed and careening backwards. After a lightning two-punch flurry squared him up, Ali ended the bout with a combination of solid left hook and straight right flush to the jaw that sent Foreman windmilling hard to the canvas, [27] the first time he had been down in his career.

Foreman later reflected, "it just wasn't my night". Though he sought a rematch with Ali, he was unable to secure one. In some quarters it was suggested Ali was ducking him, [28] taking on low-risk opponents such as Chuck Wepner, Richard Dunn, Jean Pierre Coopman, and Alfredo Evangelista. But Ali also fought formidable opponents, such as Ron Lyle, and gave rematches to the still-dangerous Frazier and Ken Norton, the only two men to have ever beaten him. And Foreman clearly lost his edge after the dazing upset in Zaire. Still, a potentially massive money-making encore with Foreman never happened, whatever the reason.

First comeback

Foreman remained inactive during 1975. 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 Ali in 1975, via 11th-round TKO. Lyle was the number-five rated heavyweight in the world at the time per the March 1976 issue of the Ring. [29] 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 to the canvas. Lyle remained down, giving Foreman a KO victory. The fight was named by The Ring as "The Fight of the Year".

Foreman vs Frazier 2

For his next bout, Foreman chose to face Joe Frazier in a rematch. Frazier was then the world's number-three heavyweight per The Ring. [29] Because of the one-sided Foreman victory in their first fight, and the fact that Frazier had taken a tremendous amount of punishment from Ali in Manila a year earlier, few expected him to win. Frazier at this point was 32–3, having lost only to Foreman and Ali twice, and Foreman was 41–1, with his sole defeat at the hands of Ali. However, their rematch began competitively, as Frazier used quick head movements to make Foreman miss with his hardest punches. Frazier was wearing a contact lens for his vision, which was knocked loose during the bout. Unable to mount a significant offense, Frazier was eventually floored twice by Foreman in the fifth round and the fight was stopped. Next, Foreman knocked out Scott LeDoux in three rounds and prospect John Dino Denis in four to finish the year.

Retirement and spiritual rebirth

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Foreman as reverend at the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, 1994

Foreman had a life-changing year in 1977. 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 acclimatize. 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 seven, 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.[ citation needed ]

Christianity

Foreman became ill in his dressing room after the fight. He was suffering from exhaustion and heatstroke and stated 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.[ citation needed ]

After this experience, Foreman became a born-again Christian, dedicating his life for the next decade to God. Although he did not formally retire from boxing, Foreman stopped fighting and became an ordained minister, initially preaching on street corners before becoming the reverend at the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ [30] in Houston [31] and devoting himself to his family and his congregation. He also opened a youth center [32] that bears his name. Foreman continues to speak about his experience on Christian television broadcasts such as The 700 Club and the Trinity Broadcasting Network and later joked that Young had knocked the devil out of him.[ citation needed ]

Second comeback

In 1987, after 10 years away from the ring, Foreman surprised the boxing world by announcing a comeback at the age of 38. 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. [33] For his first fight, he went to Sacramento, California, where he beat journeyman Steve Zouski by a knockout in four rounds. Foreman weighed 267 lb (121 kg) 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. In 1988, he won nine times. Perhaps his most notable win during this period was a seventh-round knockout of former Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight Champion Dwight Muhammad Qawi.[ citation needed ]

Having always been a deliberate fighter, Foreman had not lost much mobility in the ring since his first "retirement", although he found keeping his balance harder 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).[ citation needed ]

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. Ali and he had become friends, and he followed in Ali's footsteps by making himself a celebrity outside 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.

Foreman vs. Cooney

In 1990, Foreman met former title challenger Gerry Cooney in Atlantic City. 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 scored a devastating KO. Foreman went on to win four more fights that year.

Foreman vs. Holyfield

The following year, 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. 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. Round seven, in which Foreman knocked Holyfield off balance before being staggered by a powerful combination, was expected to be The Ring's "Round of the Year",[ citation needed ] though no award was given in 1991. [34]

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 was 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.

Foreman vs. Morrison

In 1993, Foreman received another title shot, although this was for the vacant WBO title. Foreman's opponent was Tommy Morrison, a young prospect known for his punching power. Morrison retreated throughout the fight, refusing to trade toe-to-toe, and sometimes he turned his back on Foreman. The strategy paid off and he outboxed Foreman from long range. After 12 rounds, Morrison won a unanimous decision.

In this period, Foreman also starred briefly in the situation comedy George on ABC. The show, which featured Foreman as a retired boxer, premiered in November, 1993, and ran for 10 episodes, where nine aired. The show was co-produced by actor and former boxer Tony Danza. [35]

Regaining the title: Foreman vs. Moorer

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Foreman celebrating his new world championship at 45 years old, after beating Michael Moorer

In 1994, Foreman again sought to challenge for the world championship after Michael Moorer had beaten Holyfield for the IBF and WBA titles. 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 10th round, Foreman was trailing on all scorecards. However, he launched a comeback in the 10th 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 the canvas as the referee counted him out.

In an instant, Foreman had regained the title he had lost to Muhammad Ali two decades before. He went back to his corner and knelt in prayer as the arena erupted in cheers. With this historic victory, Foreman broke three records: He became, at age 45, the oldest fighter ever to win a world championship; 20 years after losing his title for the first time, he broke the record for the fighter with the longest interval between his first and second world championships; and the age spread of 19 years between the champion and challenger was the largest of any heavyweight boxing championship fight.

Champion once again

Foreman vs. Schulz

Prelude

Shortly after the 1994 Moorer fight, Foreman began talking about a potential superfight with Mike Tyson, then the youngest heavyweight champion on record. In 1995, The New York Times quoted Foreman as stating, "If he doesn't sign with Don King, we'll fight before the end of the year... I can't be bothered having trouble with Don King. Every contract has some complication." [36] Tyson signed with King (and by 1998, was suing him for $100 million); [37] the bout never materialized.

The WBA demanded that Foreman fight their number-one challenger, who at the time was the competent, but aging, Tony Tucker. For reasons not clearly known, Foreman refused to fight Tucker and allowed the WBA to strip him of that belt.[ citation needed ]

Schulz match

On April 22, 1995, Foreman fought midlevel underdog prospect Axel Schulz, of Germany, in defense of his remaining IBF title. Schulz jabbed strongly from long range, and exhibited increasing confidence as the fight progressed. Foreman finished the fight with a swelling over one eye, but was awarded a controversial majority decision. The IBF ordered an immediate rematch to be held in Germany; Foreman refused the terms and was stripped of his remaining title, yet continued to be recognized as the Lineal Heavyweight Champion.[ citation needed ]

Losing the title: Foreman vs. Briggs

In 1996, Foreman returned to Tokyo, scoring an easy win over the unrated Crawford Grimsley by a 12-round decision. In 1997, he faced contender Lou Savarese, winning a close decision in a grueling, competitive encounter. 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. After 12 rounds, in which Foreman consistently rocked Briggs with power punches, almost everyone at ringside saw Foreman as the clear winner. [38] Once again, the decision was controversial, 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.

Second and final retirement

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Foreman in 2009

A travelogue series of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts called The Walt Disney Magic Hour hosted by Foreman was supposed to debut as part of PAX's debut lineup in 1998, [39] [40] but never made it to air.

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. 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.

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". The bout, against an unspecified opponent (rumored to be Trevor Berbick), never materialized (Foreman's wife was widely thought to have been a major factor in the change of plans). George Foreman left the sport of boxing after leaving HBO to pursue other opportunities.

Personal life

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Foreman speaking in Houston, Texas, in September 2009

Foreman has been married to Mary Joan Martelly since 1985. He had four previous marriages: to Adrienne Calhoun from 1971 to 1974, Cynthia Lewis from 1977 to 1979, Sharon Goodson from 1981 to 1982, and Andrea Skeete from 1982 to 1985. [41]

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"). On his website, Foreman explains, "I named all my sons George Edward Foreman so they would always have something in common. I say to them, 'If one of us goes up, then we all go up together, and if one goes down, we all go down together!'" [42] As with his father, George III has pursued a career in boxing and entrepreneurship. George IV appeared on the second season of the reality television series American Grit , where he placed seventh. [43] [44]

His seven daughters are Natalia, Leola, Freeda, Michi, Georgetta, Isabella, and Courtney. Natalia and Leola are from his marriage to Mary Joan Martelly. His daughters from separate relationships were Freeda, Michi, and Georgetta. He adopted a daughter, Isabella Brandie Lilja (Foreman), in 2009, [41] [45] and another, Courtney Isaac (Foreman), in 2012. [41] Freeda had a 5–1 record as a pro boxer, retired in 2001, and died in 2019 at age 42 in an apparent suicide. [46] [47] [48] Isabella Foreman lives in Sweden, where she has blogged since 2010 under the name of BellaNeutella. [49]

In recognition of Foreman's patriotism and community service, the American Legion honored him with its James V. Day "Good Guy" Award during its 95th National Convention in 2013. [50]

George Foreman Grill

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Foreman in 2016

When Foreman came back from retirement, he argued that his success was due to his healthy eating. He was approached by Salton, Inc., which was looking for a spokesperson for its fat-reducing grill. As of 2009, the George Foreman Grill has sold over 100 million units. [51]

Although Foreman has never confirmed exactly how much he has earned from the endorsement, Salton paid him $138 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), yielding an estimated total of over $200 million just from the endorsement through 2011, substantially more than he earned as a boxer. [52]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
81 fights76 wins5 losses
By knockout681
By decision84
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateAgeLocationNotes
81Loss76–5 Flag of the United States.svg Shannon Briggs MD12 Nov 22, 1997 48 years, 316 days Flag of the United States.svg Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Lost world heavyweight title claim
80Win76–4 Flag of the United States.svg Lou Savarese SD12Apr 26, 199748 years, 106 days Flag of the United States.svg Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Retained WBU heavyweight title
79Win75–4 Flag of the United States.svg Crawford Grimsley UD12Nov 3, 199647 years, 298 days Flag of Japan.svg NK Hall, Urayasu, JapanRetained WBU heavyweight title;
Won vacant IBA heavyweight title
78Win74–4 Flag of Germany.svg Axel Schulz MD12 Apr 22, 1995 46 years, 102 days Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained IBF heavyweight title;
Won vacant WBU heavyweight title
77Win73–4 Flag of the United States.svg Michael Moorer KO10 (12), 2:03 Nov 5, 1994 45 years, 299 days Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Won WBA and IBF heavyweight titles
76Loss72–4 Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Morrison UD12 Jun 7, 1993 44 years, 148 days Flag of the United States.svg Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.For vacant WBO heavyweight title
75Win72–3 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Pierre Coetzer TKO8 (10), 1:48Jan 16, 199344 years, 6 days Flag of the United States.svg Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
74Win71–3 Flag of Jamaica.svg Alex Stewart MD10Apr 11, 199243 years, 92 days Flag of the United States.svg Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
73Win70–3 Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy K. EllisTKO3 (10), 1:36Dec 7, 199142 years, 331 days Flag of the United States.svg Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
72Loss69–3 Flag of the United States.svg Evander Holyfield UD12 Apr 19, 1991 42 years, 99 days Flag of the United States.svg Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.For WBA, WBC, and IBF heavyweight titles
71Win69–2 Flag of the United States.svg Terry AndersonKO1 (10), 2:59Sep 25, 199041 years, 258 days Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London Arena, London, England
70Win68–2 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Ken LakustaKO3 (10), 1:24Jul 31, 199041 years, 202 days Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Northlands AgriCom, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
69Win67–2 Flag of Brazil.svg Adilson Rodrigues KO2 (10), 2:39 Jun 16, 1990 41 years, 157 days Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
68Win66–2 Flag of the United States.svg Mike JamesonTKO4 (10), 2:16Apr 17, 199041 years, 97 days Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S.
67Win65–2 Flag of the United States.svg Gerry Cooney KO2 (10), 1:57 Jan 15, 1990 41 years, 5 days Flag of the United States.svg Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
66Win64–2 Flag of the United States.svg Everett MartinUD10Jul 20, 198940 years, 191 days Flag of the United States.svg Convention Center, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
65Win63–2 Flag of the United States.svg Bert Cooper RTD2 (10), 3:00Jun 1, 198940 years, 142 days Flag of the United States.svg Pride Pavilion, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
64Win62–2 Flag of the United States.svg J. B. Williamson TKO5 (10), 1:37Apr 30, 198940 years, 110 days Flag of the United States.svg Moody Gardens Hotel Spa, Galveston, Texas, U.S.
63Win61–2 Flag of Brazil.svg Manoel De AlmeidaTKO3 (10), 2:14Feb 16, 198940 years, 37 days Flag of the United States.svg Atlantis Theater, Orlando, Florida, U.S.
62Win60–2 Flag of the United States.svg Mark YoungTKO7 (10), 1:47Jan 26, 198940 years, 16 days Flag of the United States.svg Community War Memorial, Rochester, New York, U.S.
61Win59–2 Flag of the United States.svg David Jaco TKO1 (10), 2:03Dec 28, 198839 years, 353 days Flag of the United States.svg Casa Royal Banquet Hall, Bakersfield, California, U.S.
60Win58–2 Flag of Tonga.svg Tony Fulilangi TKO2 (10), 2:26Oct 27, 198839 years, 291 days Flag of the United States.svg Civic Center, Marshall, Texas, U.S.
59Win57–2 Flag of the United States.svg Bobby HitzTKO1 (10), 2:59Sep 10, 198839 years, 244 days Flag of the United States.svg The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
58Win56–2 Flag of Mexico.svg Ladislao MijangosTKO2 (10), 2:42Aug 25, 198839 years, 228 days Flag of the United States.svg Lee County Civic Center, Fort Myers, Florida, U.S.
57Win55–2 Flag of Cuba.svg Carlos HernándezTKO4 (10), 1:36Jun 26, 198839 years, 168 days Flag of the United States.svg Tropworld Casino and Entertainment Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
56Win54–2 Flag of the United States.svg Frank LuxTKO3 (10), 2:07May 21, 198839 years, 132 days Flag of the United States.svg Sullivan Arena, Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
55Win53–2 Flag of the United States.svg Dwight Muhammad Qawi TKO7 (10), 1:51Mar 19, 198839 years, 69 days Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
54Win52–2 Flag of Italy.svg Guido TraneTKO5 (10), 2:39Feb 5, 198839 years, 26 days Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
53Win51–2 Flag of the United States.svg Tom TrimmKO1 (10), 0:45Jan 23, 198839 years, 13 days Flag of the United States.svg Sheraton Twin Towers, Orlando, Florida, U.S.
52Win50–2 Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Sekorski TKO3 (10), 2:48Dec 18, 198738 years, 342 days Flag of the United States.svg Bally's Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
51Win49–2 Flag of the United States.svg Tim AndersonTKO4 (10), 2:23Nov 21, 198738 years, 315 days Flag of the United States.svg Eddie Graham Sports Complex, Orlando, Florida, U.S.
50Win48–2 Flag of the United States.svg Bobby CrabtreeTKO6 (10)Sep 15, 198738 years, 248 days Flag of the United States.svg The Hitchin' Post, Springfield, Missouri, U.S.
49Win47–2 Flag of the United States.svg Charles HostetterKO3 (10), 2:01Jul 9, 198738 years, 180 days Flag of the United States.svg County Coliseum, Oakland, California, U.S.
48Win46–2 Flag of the United States.svg Steve ZouskiTKO4 (10), 2:47Mar 9, 198738 years, 58 days Flag of the United States.svg ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California, U.S.
47Loss45–2 Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Young UD12Mar 17, 197728 years, 66 days Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico
46Win45–1 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Pedro AgostoTKO4 (10), 2:34Jan 22, 197728 years, 12 days Flag of the United States.svg Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida, U.S.
45Win44–1 Flag of the United States.svg John "Dino" DenisTKO4 (10), 2:25Oct 15, 197627 years, 279 days Flag of the United States.svg Sportatorium, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
44Win43–1 Flag of the United States.svg Scott LeDoux TKO3 (10), 2:58Aug 14, 197627 years, 217 days Flag of the United States.svg Memorial Auditorium, Utica, New York, U.S.
43Win42–1 Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier TKO5 (12), 2:26 Jun 15, 1976 27 years, 157 days Flag of the United States.svg Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Hempstead, New York, U.S.Retained NABF heavyweight title
42Win41–1 Flag of the United States.svg Ron Lyle KO5 (12), 2:28Jan 24, 197627 years, 14 days Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Won vacant NABF heavyweight title
41Loss40–1 Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali KO8 (15), 2:58 Oct 29, 1974 25 years, 293 days Flag of Zaire (1971-1997).svg Stade du 20 Mai, Kinshasa, ZaireLost WBA, WBC, and The Ring heavyweight titles
40Win40–0 Flag of the United States.svg Ken Norton TKO2 (15), 2:00 Mar 26, 1974 25 years, 75 days Flag of Venezuela.svg Poliedro, Caracas, VenezuelaRetained WBA, WBC, and The Ring heavyweight titles
39Win39–0 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg José Roman KO1 (15), 2:00 Sep 1, 1973 24 years, 234 days Flag of Japan.svg Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, JapanRetained WBA, WBC, and The Ring heavyweight titles
38Win38–0 Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier TKO2 (15), 2:26 Jan 22, 1973 24 years, 12 days Flag of Jamaica.svg National Stadium, Kingston, JamaicaWon WBA, WBC, and The Ring heavyweight titles
37Win37–0 Flag of the United States.svg Terry SorrellKO2 (10), 1:05Oct 10, 197223 years, 274 days Flag of the United States.svg Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
36Win36–0 Flag of Argentina.svg Miguel Angel PaezKO2 (10), 2:29May 11, 197223 years, 122 days Flag of the United States.svg County Coliseum Arena, Oakland, California, U.S.Won Pan American heavyweight title
35Win35–0 Flag of the United States.svg Ted GullickKO2 (10), 2:28Apr 10, 197223 years, 91 days Flag of the United States.svg The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
34Win34–0 Flag of the United States.svg Clarence BooneKO2 (10), 2:55Mar 7, 197223 years, 57 days Flag of the United States.svg Civic Center, Beaumont, Texas, U.S.
33Win33–0 Flag of the United States.svg Joe Murphy GoodwinKO2 (10)Feb 29, 197223 years, 50 days Flag of the United States.svg Municipal Auditorium, Austin, Texas, U.S.
32Win32–0 Flag of Brazil.svg Luis Faustino PiresRTD4 (10), 3:00Oct 29, 197122 years, 292 days Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
31Win31–0 Flag of the United States.svg Ollie WilsonKO2 (10), 2:35Oct 7, 197122 years, 270 days Flag of the United States.svg Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
30Win30–0 Flag of the United States.svg Leroy CaldwellKO2 (10), 1:54Sep 21, 197122 years, 254 days Flag of the United States.svg Beaumont, Texas, U.S.
29Win29–0 Flag of the United States.svg Vic ScottKO1 (10)Sep 14, 197122 years, 247 days Flag of the United States.svg County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas, U.S.
28Win28–0 Flag of Argentina.svg Gregorio Peralta TKO10 (15), 2:52May 10, 197122 years, 120 days Flag of the United States.svg County Coliseum Arena, Oakland, California, U.S.Won vacant NABF heavyweight title
27Win27–0 Flag of Jamaica.svg Stamford HarrisKO2 (10), 2:58Apr 3, 197122 years, 83 days Flag of the United States.svg Playboy Club, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, U.S.
26Win26–0 Flag of the United States.svg Charlie BostonKO1 (10), 2:01Feb 8, 197122 years, 29 days Flag of the United States.svg St. Paul Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
25Win25–0 Flag of the United States.svg Mel TurnbowTKO1 (10), 2:58Dec 18, 197021 years, 342 days Flag of the United States.svg Center Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
24Win24–0 Flag of the United States.svg Boone Kirkman TKO2 (10), 0:41Nov 18, 197021 years, 312 days Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
23Win23–0 Flag of the United States.svg Lou BaileyTKO3 (10), 1:50Nov 3, 197021 years, 297 days Flag of the United States.svg State Fairgrounds International Building, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
22Win22–0 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg George Chuvalo TKO3 (10), 1:41Aug 4, 197021 years, 206 days Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
21Win21–0 Flag of the United States.svg Roger RussellKO1 (10), 2:29Jul 20, 197021 years, 191 days Flag of the United States.svg Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
20Win20–0 Flag of the United States.svg George Johnson TKO7 (10), 1:41May 16, 197021 years, 126 days Flag of the United States.svg The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
19Win19–0 Flag of the United States.svg Aaron EastlingTKO4 (10), 2:24Apr 29, 197021 years, 109 days Flag of the United States.svg Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
18Win18–0 Flag of the United States.svg James J. WoodyTKO3 (10), 0:37Apr 17, 197021 years, 97 days Flag of the United States.svg Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
17Win17–0 Flag of the United States.svg Rufus BrassellTKO1 (10), 2:42Mar 31, 197021 years, 80 days Flag of the United States.svg Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, U.S.
16Win16–0 Flag of Argentina.svg Gregorio Peralta UD10Feb 16, 197021 years, 37 days Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
15Win15–0 Flag of the United States.svg Jack O'Halloran KO5 (10), 1:10Jan 26, 197021 years, 16 days Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
14Win14–0 Flag of the United States.svg Charley PoliteKO4 (10), 0:44Jan 6, 197020 years, 361 days Flag of the United States.svg Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, U.S.
13Win13–0 Flag of the United States.svg Gary Hobo WilerTKO1 (10)Dec 18, 196920 years, 342 days Flag of the United States.svg Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
12Win12–0 Flag of the United States.svg Levi ForteUD10Dec 16, 196920 years, 340 days Flag of the United States.svg Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
11Win11–0 Flag of the United States.svg Bob HazeltonTKO1 (6), 1:22Dec 6, 196920 years, 330 days Flag of the United States.svg International Hotel, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
10Win10–0 Flag of the United States.svg Max MartinezKO2 (10), 2:35Nov 18, 196920 years, 312 days Flag of the United States.svg Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, U.S.
9Win9–0 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Leo PetersonKO4 (8), 1:00Nov 5, 196920 years, 299 days Flag of the United States.svg Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
8Win8–0 Flag of Peru.svg Roberto DavilaUD8Oct 31, 196920 years, 294 days Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
7Win7–0 Flag of the United States.svg Vernon ClayTKO2 (6), 0:32Oct 7, 196920 years, 270 days Flag of the United States.svg Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, U.S.
6Win6–0 Flag of the United States.svg Roy WallaceKO2 (6), 0:19Sep 23, 196920 years, 256 days Flag of the United States.svg Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, U.S.
5Win5–0 Flag of the United States.svg Johnny CarrollKO1 (6), 2:19Sep 18, 196920 years, 251 days Flag of the United States.svg Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
4Win4–0 Flag of the United States.svg Chuck Wepner TKO3 (10), 0:54Aug 18, 196920 years, 220 days Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
3Win3–0 Flag of the United States.svg Sylvester DullaireTKO1 (6), 2:59Jul 14, 196920 years, 185 days Flag of the United States.svg Rosecroft Raceway, Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S.
2Win2–0 Flag of the United States.svg Fred AskewKO1 (6), 2:30Jul 1, 196920 years, 172 days Flag of the United States.svg Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, U.S.
1Win1–0 Flag of the United States.svg Don WaldhelmKO3 (6), 1:54Jun 23, 196920 years, 164 days Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.

Bibliography

Filmography

Television

Television appearances and roles
YearTitleRoleNotes
1975 The Six Million Dollar Man Marcus GraysonEpisode: "Look Alike" [53]
1992 Home Improvement HimselfEpisode: "Unchained Malady" [54]
2003 King of the Hill Himself (voice role)Episode: "Boxing Luanne" [54]
2013 Fast N' Loud HimselfEpisode: "Cool Customline"

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Sporting positions
Amateur boxing titles
Previous:
Forrest Ward
U.S. heavyweight champion
1968
Next:
Earnie Shavers
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Muhammad Ali
NABF heavyweight champion
May 10, 1971 – July 1971
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Muhammad Ali
Vacant
Title last held by
Ken Norton
NABF heavyweight champion
January 24, 1976 – August 1976
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Leroy Jones
Minor world boxing titles
New title WBU heavyweight champion
April 22, 1995 – November 1997
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Corrie Sanders
Vacant
Title last held by
Marcus McIntyre
IBA heavyweight champion
November 3, 1996 – April 1997
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Lou Savarese
Major world boxing titles
Preceded by
Joe Frazier
WBA heavyweight champion
January 22, 1973October 30, 1974
Succeeded by
Muhammad Ali
WBC heavyweight champion
January 22, 1973 – October 30, 1974
The Ring heavyweight champion
January 22, 1973 – October 30, 1974
Undisputed heavyweight champion
January 22, 1973 – October 30, 1974
Preceded by
Michael Moorer
WBA heavyweight champion
November 5, 1994 – March 5, 1995
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Bruce Seldon
IBF heavyweight champion
November 5, 1994 – June 29, 1995
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Michael Moorer
Awards
Previous:
Muhammad Ali
Carlos Monzón
The Ring Fighter of the Year
1973
Next:
Muhammad Ali
Previous:
Carlos Monzón
BWAA Fighter of the Year
1973
Previous:
Bob Foster vs.
Chris Finnegan
The Ring Fight of the Year
vs. Joe Frazier

1973
Next:
George Foreman vs.
Muhammad Ali
Previous:
Muhammad Ali vs.
Bob Foster
Round 5
The Ring Round of the Year
vs. Joe Frazier
Round 2

1973
Next:
George Foreman vs.
Muhammad Ali
Round 8
Previous:
George Foreman vs.
Joe Frazier
The Ring Fight of the Year
vs. Muhammad Ali

1974
Next:
Muhammad Ali vs.
Joe Frazier III
Previous:
George Foreman vs.
Joe Frazier
Round 2
The Ring Round of the Year
vs. Muhammad Ali
Round 8

1974
Next:
Muhammad Ali vs.
Joe Frazier III
Round 12
Previous:
Muhammad Ali
The Ring Fighter of the Year
1976
Next:
Carlos Zárate Serna
Previous:
Muhammad Ali vs.
Joe Frazier III
The Ring Fight of the Year
vs. Ron Lyle

1976
Next:
George Foreman vs.
Jimmy Young
Previous:
Muhammad Ali vs.
Joe Frazier III
Round 12
The Ring Round of the Year
vs. Ron Lyle
Rounds 4, 5

1976
Next:
George Foreman vs.
Jimmy Young
Round 12
Previous:
George Foreman vs.
Ron Lyle
The Ring Fight of the Year
vs. Jimmy Young

1977
Next:
Leon Spinks vs.
Muhammad Ali
Previous:
George Foreman vs.
Ron Lyle
Rounds 4, 5
The Ring Round of the Year
vs. Jimmy Young
Round 12

1977
Next:
Leon Spinks vs.
Muhammad Ali
Round 15
Previous:
Pernell Whitaker
BWAA Fighter of the Year
1994
Next:
Oscar De La Hoya
Previous:
Michael Jordan
Associated Press Athlete of the Year
1994
Next:
Cal Ripken Jr.
Records
Preceded by
Bob Fitzsimmons
Oldest boxer to win a world title
November 5, 1994 – May 21, 2011
Succeeded by
Bernard Hopkins
Heavyweight status
Preceded by
Muhammad Ali
Oldest living world champion
June 3, 2016 – present
Incumbent