George Foreman

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George Edward Foreman (born January 10, 1949) is an American two-time former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Olympic gold medalist, ordained Baptist minister, author and successful entrepreneur. He is credited as being one of the hardest hitters in boxing history.

His most notable fights in his early career were his knockout (TKO-2) against Joe Frazier in 1973 and his loss to Muhammad Ali (KO by 8) in "The Rumble in the Jungle" in 1974. He later became the oldest man ever to become heavyweight boxing champion of the world when at age 45, he knocked out (KO-10) Michael Moorer, age 26, to reclaim the title he held 20 years earlier. He has been named one of the 25 greatest fighters of all time by Ring magazine.[2] Nicknamed "Big George"[3] he is now a successful businessman and an ordained Christian minister who has his own church.

Foreman has 11 children, and each of his six sons are named George: George Jr., George III, George IV, George V, Keenen and George VI. His four younger sons are distinguished from one another by the nicknames "Monk", "Big Wheel", "Red", and "Little George". He also adopted a daughter, Isabella Brandie Lilja (Foreman), in 2009.

Foreman is ranked #9 on Ring magazine's list of "100 greatest punchers of all time". He is also well-known for the eponymous George Foreman Grill.


Early life

George Foreman was born in Marshall, Texas. He grew up in the Fifth Ward, Houston, Texas, with six siblings.[4] Although reared by J.D. Foreman, whom his mother had married when George was a small child, his biological father was Leroy Moorehead. Foreman was interested in football and idolised Jim Brown but gave it up for boxing. He won a gold medal in boxing/heavyweight division at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.

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