Foreman is the most “elderly” heavyweight champion. He is the last of those who managed to become a two-time linear champion in the history of the super heavyweight division. Big George’s professional career lasted for a total of 28 years – from 1969 to 1997. Total for a career, Foreman had 81 fights, losing five, and three times – when he was already over forty. He has 89.4% knockout victories, and this figure was even higher in his “first life” in professional sports before the ten-year break – 93.33%.

We note that it was Vitaliy Klichko who surpassed Foreman in the percentage of knockouts. Another nickname of George is “Monk”. In George Foreman’s childhood, his brothers and sisters teased “Monkey” and the word “Monk” is consonant with this word. Familiarity odious Don King with the world of boxing began with Mohammed Ali. With the support of influential promoter Don Elbaum, King managed to persuade the disgraced ex-champion to participate in a charity performance in support of Cleveland Hospital. Everything went well, but then the dark-haired businessman, who in a few years would become the personification of the worst in this business, wanted to quickly get rid of his partner and go free swimming. Elbaum was more fortunate than Sam Garrett, King’s assistant, who was then kicked by a bookmaker to death for a debt of a couple hundred dollars.

Echoes of the legend

To reel, to organize secondary events, and to watch how his reputation grows with the level of participants, King did not want to. He set himself a far more ambitious goal of bringing the desired battle between world champion WBC and WBA heavyweight champion George Forman and No. 1 challenger Mohammed Ali to life. Despite the circumstances, such a battle was asking for itself. Taking the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Mexico City, Foreman immediately went to the professionals. George’s young age did not prevent him from eliminating opponents one by one, and in January 1973, he stepped on to the recognized leader of the Smoking Division, Joe Frazier. And although the external clumsiness of Foreman’s actions was compensated for by inhuman strength, even the most devoted fans of the Texas big man could not even dream of such an outcome – Fraser was destroyed in less than two rounds. The same fate befell experienced Jose Roman and Ken Norton (another offender, Mohammed Ali), who were beaten, not even having time to sweat.

After the scandalous story of Ali’s refusal to perform military service, a national boycott was declared to the boxer. Sports commissions have revoked his license, and the World Boxing Association has deprived the champion title. Mohammed fell out of the focus of public attention for three and a half years, until at the end of 1971 he returned. Despite the fact that he remained unbeaten and, in fact, was unjustly deprived of a belt, the public no longer perceived the “Most Great” as a champion. On the throne, Joe Frazier sat, who in the best battle of that year, according to the overseas colleagues from Ring Magazine, managed to inflict the first defeat on his career to Mohammed.

Two years later, with the efforts of the Ken Norton Marines, Cassius’s defeat graph was replenished with another entry. And although over the next 10 months, Ali received satisfaction for defeats, Fraser, and Norton, as the strongest heavyweight of the time, he was no longer perceived. Don King quickly found his way around the situation, achieving the agreement of both fighters. Many can admire those times when the best, not looking for sophisticated excuses, agreed to fight the best without fear and reproach. On the other hand, when the charismatic promoter offers fabulous $ 5 million for the fight with the main competitor, the excuses are not entirely appropriate, and the “fear together with reproach” fades into the background, yielding to the idle fantasies on how cool you can change your life, dividing equally “gold piece”. The fighters agreed, and the fight seemed resolved. If it were not for one thing … Don King didn’t have any money claimed.

New champion belt in 45 years

For a time, the boxing team did not give Foreman permission to enter the ring. The problem was solved only after a court complaint filed by Foreman’s manager Bob Arum. As a result, having practiced a year and pretty lose weight, the athlete returned to professional boxing. He won 24 fights in a row, all by knockout, and in April 1991 he met with the absolute world champion Evander Holyfield, for whom this title defense was the first. The fight turned out to be equal, but the victory of the judges by a unanimous decision was given to the current holder of the belts. After the fight, Foreman told reporters that he had fulfilled half of his dream, showing people that even in 40 years, you can achieve your goals. Although he lost, many noted his resilience and dedication.

Next, Foreman won two victories, and in June 1993 he met with Tommy Morrison for the vacant WBO title. “Big George” was noticeably inferior to his opponent in speed, and the judges naturally gave the victory to Morrison. However, in November 1994, Fate gave Foreman another champion fight. As a contender, the title holder for the WBA and IBF versions was Michael Murer. Murer, who was lighter and more mobile, won in all respects, but in the middle of the 10th round, Foreman accurately punched several times into the jaw, and Murer collapsed on the canvas. Foreman won by knockout, despite the fact that Murer had a strong lead on points.

Thus, Foreman, 20 years later, again tried on a championship belt. At that time, Big George was 45 years old, and he became the oldest boxer to win the world heavyweight title. However, he soon lost the WBA belt for refusing to meet mandatory challenger Tony Tucker. And in April 1995, because of the highly controversial decision of the judges, he won Axel Schultz during the defense of the IBF title. The organization ordered Foreman to give a rematch, but the champion refused, as a result, the IBF also deprived the American of the title. In April 1997, Foreman again entered the ring against the undefeated Lou Savarese. And again, the judges gave a very controversial victory to the veteran. Seven months later, Forman was the last time in his career he entered the professional ring. He graduated from the career of a famous boxer, now in the literal sense of the word, pursuing Vladimir Klitschko Shannon Briggs. Now for the controversial decision of the judges, Foreman himself failed. After that, he again devoted his life to religion and not only.

Great King’s style: slugger boxing

There are quite a few boxing styles. The style of a boxer develops over time when a boxer chooses which of the actions that suit him, the techniques and manners of combat, he will improve. There are many terms that define boxing styles. But a boxer does not have to or will belong to any of them: a boxer can be an outfighter and an infiter (one of the most prominent examples is Bernard Hopkins), an outfighter and a puncher at the same time (one of the most vivid examples is Vladimir Klitschko). And there are so many boxers.

But there is still no clear terminology for boxing style due to the apparent complexity of the subject matter of the discussion. In the popular Monte Cox style classification, the names of two of the four types include the word “boxer”: pure boxer and puncher boxer. You would think that this classification was originally intended for fighters of mixed style. In fact, the terms originated from the end of the XIX century, when boxing really looked more like modern fighting without rules. In addition, the puncher is not a style, but a property. Therefore, the term “boxer-puncher” is meaningless, although it has taken root in the spoken language. By definition, given by Cox, “a boxing style is a characteristic, mode, and course of action used by a fighter to take advantage of his specific skills. The fighting qualities – both manual speed, speed, shock power, holding the strike and endurance, as well as the personality traits of the individual boxer – all this affects their choice of style. The most recognizable and popularly favorite styles are slugger and warmer. These are the two types of fighters that give boxing the maximum

Slugger or browler

Slugger or Browler is a boxer who uses mainly arc hits, such as a hook or uppercut. Slugger is sedentary and does not have good protection technique. Sluggers go ahead with the expectation of inflicting a single crushing blow that will send the opponent to the knockout. Slugger lacks good footwork. Such fighters are not very mobile, so they have difficulties when the opponent moves quickly around the ring. Sluggers rarely use single-hand punches. Sluggers’ combat style is often predictable, which makes them vulnerable to enemy counter-strikes. Slugger has stamina and good physical strength. Sluggers often become aged boxes, small and medium height, with a strong blow. In combat, a slugger uses hurricane single or double arc strokes – hooks and uppercuts. If the situation allows, the slugger keeps the faster and more technical rival at a distance of jabs. The most important qualities of the slugger are the strength and ability to withstand an opponent’s attack, while still being able to deliver a knockout blow. Inconvenient contenders for sluggers are outfighters and mobile punchers. The brightest sluggers are Max Baer, ​​Rocky Marsciano and the late George Foreman.

The fighting qualities are the speed of the hands, speed, shock power, the ability to withstand a blow and endurance. Combat qualities, coupled with personal characteristics and influence the choice of a particular style of a boxer. The most popular styles are the slugger and the swormer. The fighters of these styles give the viewer the most exciting fights. The heavier the athlete, the less likely it is that he is a slugger or a welmer. Currently, there is no slugger or sweeper among the super heavyweight champions. The closest to the title is currently the Russian Alexander Povetkin. If to be even shorter: there are boxers, sluggers, swormers, and there are all the others.

Sluggers prefer to beat with a circular blow and the swormers direct. Sluggers are distinguished from swormers big power and less manual work. The style of “pure boxer” and “boxer-puncher” is the active use of jabs, while pure boxers are more mobile than punchers. Boxers in their careers often change their technical arsenal, and therefore it is simply impossible to firmly attribute a fighter to a certain style. For example, the Cox style classification is based on the mobility – power dichotomy. This is very exaggerated, but applicable in practice. According to Cox, “pure boxer” is the pinnacle of the evolution of boxers, and the rest of the styles are compensation for natural flaws and gaps in the technique.

Boxers such as George Foran, by their example, they destroy the myth of the rapid wear of sluggers. They all ended up with a sport in a fairly “respectable” age. Maskaev and Witherspoon are 39 years old, and Foreman is more than 47 years old. However, six defeats by Maskaev’s knockout still confirm the rule about the shortcomings of sluggers, and partly of the Sormer. Unlike “truckers” (pure boxers and punchers), power plan athletes are inferior only by technical knockout, “surviving” a long beating. Among the “kids” -sluggers are Tyson, Tua, and Peter at the moment. By the way, the example of Sam Peter betrays how much the sluggers fear their style and try to protect themselves. The same Peter with long hands enters into a duel of jabs and measured bombardment from distant approaches.

Even longer-handed Foreman sometimes retreats from the line of the slager and loses in the end on points and without a knockout. Today, Maskaev, Peter and Brewster are sluggers among the elite heavyweights, and Povetkin is the only one of the super-heavyweight weightlooms. After Joe Frazier, the super heavyweight champion is Michael Doakes. He is rather tall (189 cm). We’ll see whether Alexander Povetkin succeeds in pushing Doux on this Olympus champions-sormer. The most common type of modern boxer is “puncher”. They hone their skills with their style colleagues and the second or third league sluggers. Punchers have two power strikes: this is a right cross and a left hook.

Differences in mobility and power of athletes sometimes leave a noticeable imprint on the manner of boxing with the fighters of the same style. When the “puncher” confronts the “pure boxer”, an illusion emerges that he is boxing in the manner of a slugger. Usually, a pure boxer is faster than a puncher with “hands and feet”, wielding jabs better, more mobile and therefore good at long range. Based on this, in order to “hook” an opponent, a boxer-puncher must go forward more often.

Lesser distributed boxing styles

Left-handed boxer is a boxer whose left hand is stronger than the right, is in the right-sided stance. In this stance, it is more convenient for a left-handed person to find starting positions for delivering strong blows with his left hand, as well as a right-handed person from a left-handed stance for right-handed strikes. On the tactical side of the battle, it is more profitable for the left-handed person to hold in relation to the enemy in the left-sided stance. The strongest left hand stretched forward with greater efficiency will clear the way to the goal with powerful jabs and hooks than the weak hand of the opponent opposed to it. The body turned to the right, the front part of which is turned away from the opponent’s strongest right hand, is reliably protected. When moving to the near distance to develop an attack, a left-handed by changing the strut may take more comfortable starting positions for the effective use of his left hand. In close-range combat, a left-handed person can successfully fight in both frontal and right-sided stances, because here, in close contact with an opponent, the unaccustomed power of strikes coming from his left hand confuses his defense. The advantage here will always be on the side of the left-hander, who is used to always dealing with opponents of right-handers. If a left-hander, because of his insufficient ability to maneuver, prefers to hold on the opponent with the right side of his body, then he thereby limits his capabilities and the opponent’s ability to maneuver. In this position, both opponents are constantly under threat of being hit by the strongest hand, since the front parts of the head and body of both opponents remain weakly protected and on the trajectory to carry out the strike with the nearest hand. The advantage in this combat resistance is always left to the enemy, who is quicker and more decisive in the attack. If there is enough maneuvering ability, it is more profitable for a left-fighter to box in the left-sided stance.