About George Foreman

About George Foreman
The Man...
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 Career

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 preach.

March 9, 1987, after a ten year absence from the ring, Foreman began his comeback by defeating Steve Zouski in the fourth round.

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 Foreman's critics.

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 are:
  • The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
  • AIDS. Foundation Stone Soup Kitchen
  • Texas Southern University Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Fund
  • The George Foreman Youth Community Development Center
  • Grandma Nancy's Daycare Center