40 fights Big George did not know the bitterness of defeat, having won two titles over the years: Pan American in a battle with Argentinean Miguel Angel Paez (May 11, 1972) and the World Heavyweight Championship belt in the WBC and WBA versions. This is George Foreman fight record. It would be useful to say that in that battle, January 22, 1973, Foreman literally destroyed the reigning champion – Joe Frazier, who ended up knocked down three times in the first two rounds. It was a resounding success. No wonder the magazine “Ring” called the champion opposition “battle of the year.” Successfully defended the title, this contender Big George met a year later. They were well-known then, and now – the legendary Mohammed Ali. Foreman understood that only victory would win over him the title of the best of the best. However, neither experience nor morale saved Foreman: technically Ali overplayed a competitor in all respects, sending him in the eighth round to smell the canvas. The next defeat on March 17, 1977 from compatriot Jimmy Young became decisive for the further fate of Foreman. He left professional boxing, taking, as it turned out, a ten-year break, which he filled with prayers, divine services and the construction of a church in Houston, where he was “gangster” in his youth.

And one had to happen, but at the beginning of 1987, 39-year-old George Foreman returned to professional boxing, throwing both fans and rivals into shock. He owned the only thought: to once again become a world champion. Entering the ring turned out to be difficult, and only after a lawsuit the problem was resolved. The new return gave birth to a new Foreman, who spent 24 consecutive knockout matches in a row! And here is the final, where on April 19, 1991, Big George met with Evander Holyfield. The standoff lasted all twelve rounds and was so stubborn that it was almost impossible to determine the winner. All saved by the judge, preferring Holyfield. And yet Foreman ended his career (81-76-5) on a positive note, knocking out on November 5, 1994 in the WBA champion American Michael Murer. In subsequent years, the champion repeatedly entered the ring, successfully defending champion titles, but the mission of the pastor was more important.

“Lord George.””: George Foreman boxing record and the best fights

He was an unusually large small. At the same time, he always looked sullen and was forever dissatisfied. There was no fuss in his smooth movements. He spoke little, but when he opened his mouth, it seemed, only to silence the interlocutor. At the same time, there was no any deliberate aggressiveness or permissive impudence. Simply, both he and those others recognized his superiority. His work was not sugar, but there were some advantages as well. He beat people for money. And he did it, I must say, well. At least, those who expressed their displeasure in his face, was not found. And yet, something in his form said – he is not exactly who he was, or who he wanted to become.

George Foreman – Joe Fraser, 01/22/1973

To say that Foreman got close to the championship fight is easy, it is not to say anything. If you have not seen, be sure to look. I will say briefly: few, some of the opponents survived to the third round. He and all who fought with him seemed to be from different leagues.

Here the champion Fraser is a completely different thing, if anyone could fight this Frankenstein, who excited the entire heavyweight division, then only he. After all, it was “Smoke Joe” who set a good bashing on the invulnerable Ali. And in general, Fraser’s opposition at the time looked more impressive. And so the people gathered in anticipation of an implacable slaughter, but they had to say goodbye to these expectations at the very beginning. Foreman simply beat out Frazier like some stupid guy and poisoned him on the floor three times in the first three minutes. In the second round, the beating continued, and after a few more somersaults performed by Jo, the judge stopped the bout.

And it’s not to say that Fraser was so weaker than Foreman. What happened then in Kingston is still not clear. After all, the main battle in his life at that time, the stalwart from Philadelphia had already won, the strongest, as it seemed to many, had already won. That is why he was no longer so charged for success. He, of course, played the famous pendulum, but there were no other components of the victorious formula. There was no pressure, there was no constant control of the ring, there were no blows to the body and no close-range exits. Maybe so, maybe everything is much easier and it can be explained by the fact that “Big George” was made from a different test than most boxers, including the legendary, who lived before, during and after it.

George Foreman – Ken Norton, 03/26/1974

Pompous Oscar Bonawena ennobled by a breathtaking, fashionable (for 1974, of course) hairdo from the height of the ring is lifted up by Mohammed Ali, who plays the role of commentator. Oscar Bonawen – one of the ordinary soldiers of the Guard. The bully bully was in the second row of that army. In the same ranks with the bulletproof George Chuvalo, breaking the jaws of Jerry Quarry and many other desperate guys, like Ron Lyle. And this is just the second league of the heavy division of the first half of the 70s, at any other time it would be the first. They are in spirit and authority in the boxing world rather closer to Mohammed than Oscar.

Norton, who had begun to grow up to health, by the end of the first round had already fed on the face of Foreman and was already disoriented for the second round. The plan, which consisted of permanent movements around the ring, working with the second number and attempts to fail Foreman, which initially seemed not so bad, was smashed to smithereens about the harsh reality of the first three minutes and the unpretentious fight style of Big George. Rare defensive maneuver in the form of a beating, more typical of fighters of the early twentieth century, infrequent, but weighty jabs and a series of assorted power strikes, the key among which was a double uppercut that proved incompatible with Norton’s desire to stand.

Perfect physical form, empty and expressing nothing eyes, raised hand and indifference to any opponent. Foreman of the sample of the first half of 1974 is an absolutely mythical character who cannot cope with any Hercules. And at the end of October 1974 there was a turning point in the life and career of George Foreman. In the sunny capital of Zaire Kinshasa, he gave way, being the favorite in the battle, dubbed “The roar in the jungle” to Mohammed Ali. This is a turning point not only in the fate of our hero, but also one of the key events that changed the vector of development of modern culture. Just imagine the world in which Cassius Clay is not the “Greatest”: someone else lights the torch at the Atlanta Olympics, tasteless T-shirts with his image do not go on sale, and photos of sportsmen who are boarded with money are damned etc. and the like. But, we live in a world where Ali is still the “Greatest”. Let it be so, though sometimes you can fantasize about the world in which George Foreman won.

George Foreman – Ron Lyle, 01/24/1976

Well, you know, as it happens – sometimes you want to see two healthy men weighing 100 kg with outrageous physical data just threshing each other. Sometimes you expect this from boxing and nothing more: simply, without unnecessary gestures, without cunning tricks and deceptive maneuvers. Strict front and fire to kill with two hands – an allusion to the battle near the pub.

The fighters in this fight do not fall into the ring from the gravity of the opponent’s arms, do not twist their legs in a drunken stupor, and do not injure their hands due to an incorrect blow technique and lack of calcium in the body. If so to understand, the current heavyweight fights are nothing but one big battle at the beer, for some reason given out for champion fights with prizes like belts and fees, which would follow the laws of higher justice to be replaced with bonuses in the form of several bottles fire water or free pastime with a microphone in karaoke.

Foreman and Lyle are building solid combinations by the standards of weight, punching into a meeting, revealing a ghostly defense with surgical jabs and distracting blows to the body. There were three knockdowns and one knockout, after all. What are not a hit, then a song whizzing by. Sometimes it seems that it falls to you especially when Foreman delivers an ingenuous blow with a large swing, slowly and with anguish and because it can. After all, the puncher is different. Someone, like Joe Louis, possessing the perfect technique, delivered the most accurate blows to the chin, forcing the opponent to instantly lose support under their feet, someone, like Mike Tyson, relied on speed and the factor of surprise – most of his blows were not visible to opponents, but George relied primarily on abnormal physical capabilities. His sweeping punch, despite all his obviousness, left no chance to his rivals. Technique, tactics, timing, and to hell with it all – George simply had perhaps the greatest blow in boxing history and that was enough to win.