George E. Foreman was born to Nancy and J.D. Foreman on January 10, 1949 in Marshal,
Texas. He grew up on the mean streets of Houston's fifth ward area. As a young kid, he was
always into trouble. He joined the Job Corp, and his life changed. One of the counselors
noticed that he was always into fights so he decided that George should put all of his
energy into something positive. This started his boxing career.
The Highlights of His Boxing
In 1968, George Foreman was awarded
the Gold Medal for boxing in the Olympic Games.
August 4, 1970, in his first
headline bout, Foreman faced the veteran slugger, George Chuvalo. After defeating Chuvalo,
he increased his record to 22-0, 19 KO'S.
January 22, 1973, Foreman faced Joe
Frazier for the heavyweight title. He knocked Frazier to the canvas six times before a
second round knockout, which earned him the Heavyweight Championship of the World.
October 30, 1974, Foreman was
challenged by Muhammad Ali in a bout tagged 'The Rumble in the Jungle'. He lost the first
bout of his professional career.
January 24, 1976, Foreman defeated
Ron Lyle in his first serious bout since losing the title to Ali in 1974. This was one of
the most exciting bouts of his career. Both fighters were knocked to the canvas twice, but
Foreman was victorious in the fourth round kayo.
June 15, 1976, Foreman had a rematch
with Joe Frazier. Foreman defeated 'Smokin Joe' once more in the fifth round.
Since the 'Smokin Joe' rematch,
Foreman had a series of four consecutive KO's, and was on the edge of getting another
title shot, when he was defeated by Jimmy Young in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 17,
1977, which was his last fight for 10 years. Foreman became a minister and began to
March 9, 1987, after a ten year
absence from the ring, Foreman began his comeback by defeating Steve Zouski in the fourth
January 15, 1987, Foreman challenged
Jerry Cooney in a bout better known as "The Preacher and The Puncher". In this
bout, Foreman sent Cooney to the canvas twice in the second round before finishing with a
powerful right cross at 1:57 of the second round.
June 16, 1990. Foreman faced Adilson
Rodriguez, his first ranked contender since his comeback. He defeated the Brazilian
slugger with a left hook in round two. This bout erased doubt in the minds of many of
April 19, 1991, Foreman faced
Evander Holyfield for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. This bout will go down in
history as one of the greatest championship bout of all times. The bout was coined
"The Battle of the Ages". Although Foreman, did not regain his title, he came
out a winner. He proved to everyone of all ages that one should never give up no matter
what age. He turned his critics into fans and made his fans more loyal than ever.
Today, George Foreman is still very
active in the boxing profession. He is hailed as one of the greatest boxers ever. He is
very active in the community and he operates a Youth Center in Houston, Texas, which was
designed to help keep kids off the streets. He currently has a professional record of
69-3, 65 KO's.
George Foreman participates in
many charity events.
The George Foreman of today is
not a selfish George. He is a great humanitarian. He supports many charities and gives of
himself to the youth of today. He has received so many awards that it is impossible to
name all of them.
- Some of his favorite charities
- The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
- AIDS. Foundation Stone Soup Kitchen
- Texas Southern University Endowed
- Horatio Alger Association Scholarship
- The George Foreman Youth Community
- Grandma Nancy's Daycare Center