George Foreman: The 10 Best Wins of His Boxing Career
Big George vs Smokin' Joe
George Foreman K.O. 2 Joe Frazier (1973)
The year was 1973 and Joe Frazier was undefeated and had just beaten Muhammad Ali recently. Foreman was also undefeated but he had less experience at the top level than Frazier. Frazier hardly landed a punch as Foreman pounced with hooks and uppercuts with both hands. Frazier hit the deck three times in round one and barely finished the round. The second was even worse because "Big" George started to pummel Frazier from pillar to post. Frazier was knocked to the canvas three times in the second but this time the referee called a mercy stoppage and George Foreman became heavyweight champion. Foreman landed punches from all angles including an uppercut that actually lifted Frazier off the canvas.
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Foreman Demolishes Norton!
George Foreman K.O. 2 Ken Norton (1974)
In George Foreman's second defense of his first reign as champion, he fought top challenger Kenny Norton. The first round was slow but Foreman won it. In round two, Foreman landed a right that wobbled Norton and the ref called for a standing 8. Moments later, Foreman went off with a series of left and right uppercuts, landing three, that put Norton down hard on the canvas where the carnage was halted right away.
Big George's Losses
George Foreman Becomes the Oldest Champion in History
George Foreman K.O. 10 Michael Moorer (1994)
In this fight, Foreman showed heart and upset the odds by becoming the oldest heavyweight champion at age 45 when he landed two consecutive right hands that put Michael Moorer on his backside for the count of ten. Michael Moorer boxed rings around Foreman, landing his southpaw jab, left hands, hooks and uppercuts for the first 9 rounds of the match. In the 10th heat Foreman, the constant aggressor, landed a straight right hand that stunned Moorer and then he repeated the shot and then Moorer fell like a sack of potatoes.
George Foreman K.O. 10 Michael Moorer (Video)
Legendary Heavyweight Brawl
George Foreman K.O. 5 Ron Lyle (1976)
In one of the best heavyweight brawls in history both fighters were hurt numerous times. Ron Lyle won the first round by stunning Big George with an overhand right near the end of the stanza. Foreman returned the favor in round two by wobbling Lyle twice with right hands. The third was a slow heat as both prizefighters were spent. Foreman won it with his jab. The 4th round is one of the best I ever seen. Lyle floors Foreman. Foreman gets up and puts Lyle down soon after. Lyle arises and shocks everyone by putting George Foreman down for a second time in the round. Foreman beats the count but appears saved by the bell. Lyle goes for the finish in the 5th but Foreman takes it and rushes back with a flurry of shots that leaves Lyle face down in the squared circle.
Birthplace of "Big" George Foreman (Houston, Texas)
3 Years Later, Same Result
George Foreman K.O. 5 Joe Frazier 2 (1976)
Frazir wanted revenge and he tried hard. Round one could have went either way but in the second and third rounds, Foreman began connecting with stiff jabs and accurate rights that kept Smokin' Joe on the defensive. The 4th was bad for Joe because he opened up with some wild swings and took huge return fire. The 5th round was when Foreman upped the pressure and ended the bout. Frazier was staggered and then dropped early in the heat. Foreman let his hands pump like pistons until Frazier was down again. The ref called the bout off.
George Foreman vs Joe Frazier 2 (Video)
Foreman Graces Cover of Sports Illustrated
George Foreman K.O. 7 Dwight Muhammad Qawi (1988)
Big George took on former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Qawi early in his comeback after a 10 year hiatus. Qawi swung for the fences for three rounds and every now and then he would land a square shot on Foreman's jaw, even though it did nothing to the punching preacher. By round four, Qawi was out of gas and repeatedly getting tagged by Foreman's accurate stick. In rounds 5 and 6, Big George was launching rockets at a virtual punching bag and he was now adding thudding left hooks and right crosses. The 7th was a huge round for George Foreman as he started to bust Qawi up and he also staggered him a couple of times. Qawi quit in his corner after the 7th round.
Olympic Heavyweight Gold Medal
1968 Mexico City Olympic Games
Three Heavy Kings
George Foreman vs George Chuvalo (1970)
George Foreman peppered Chuvalo with jabs and right hands that couldn't seem to miss in the first two heats. Chuvalo, who has an iron chin, landed a few shots but mostly took accurate blows to his face over and over. In the 3rd round, Foreman landed a huge right hand that stunned George Chuvalo and then Big George unloaded his arsenal, landing at will. The referee stopped the massacre with Chuvalo's face swelling badly.
The Preacher and the Puncher
George Foreman vs Gerry Cooney
Foreman and Cooney were cautious to start the bout, both men are knockout punchers without a doubt. Cooney probably won the slow stanza when he landed a big left hook that seemed to give Foreman pause. Cooney probably wished he did not take the bout after the second round because he took humongous shots. Foreman put Cooney on his butt with a straight right hand. Cooney easily beat the count but Foreman met him with a crisp uppercut and a finishing right that put Cooney down, face first where the bout was called off.
George Foreman vs Gerry Cooney Highlights (Video)
George Foreman vs Pierre Coetzer
A mismatch as far as skills and punching power is concerned. Foreman landed jab after jab, busting Coetzer's face open. Foreman swept the first three heats and in the fourth, Big George started connecting with shots from all angles which floored the South African. Coetzer beat the count and fought back gamely. The 5th was Coetzer's last stand even though he still lost the frame. Coetzer landed three good right hands but George Foreman landed a couple of head snapping uppercuts to rattle his foe. After the 7th round ended, Coetzer was bruised and bloodied. In the 8th, Foreman opened up with several uppercuts, hooks and right hands to put his tough opponent down. As he got up, the ref called a mercy stoppage.
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George Foreman vs Gregorio Peralta 2
The first time these boxers met, Foreman won a close decision. The rematch saw Foreman win by T.K.O. Foreman dominated the contest from the opening bell. Foreman landed a huge right hand in the 3rd round that opened a gash on Peralta's eye. Foreman built a big lead with left hooks and his pole-like jab. In the 7th heat, Big George let loose with two left hooks that almost finished Peralta. By the 10th round, Gregorio Peralta was exhausted and beat up. Foreman forced a standing 8 count early in the round with an overhand right. When action resumed, Foreman landed three shots and as Peralta fell into the ropes, the ref stopped the bout.
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