George Edward Foreman
Date of birth
January 10, 1949
On June 23, 1969, in New York, he defeated Don Waldheim by technical knockout in three rounds.
Won The World Title
On January 22, 1973, in Kingston, Jamaica, he defeated Joe Frazier by technical knockout in three rounds and stripped him of the full title endorsed by the WBC and WBA. On May 5, 1994, in Las Vegas, he defeated Michael Moorer by knockout and became the WBA and IBF heavyweight champion.
Lost His Title
In his third defense, on October 30, 1974 in Kinshasa, Congo, Muhammad Ali effectively knocked him out in eight rounds. Shortly after his triumph, Foreman wanted to fight Mike Tyson. In 1994 the WBA wanted him to fight Tony Tucker and for reasons still unknown, Foreman turned down that fight and went unrecognized as champion. Shortly after the IBF proposed the German Axel Schulz contender for the title. The bout ended in Foreman's victory on points, but the IBF ordered a rematch, George refused to return to Germany and was unknown.
On November 22, 1997, in Atlantic City, Shannon Briggs defeated him by decision.
In 1974, in Kinshasa, Congo (formerly Zaire), Ali and Foreman met on October 30 and Foreman was knocked out. 33 years later, in 2007, and in his autobiographical book, entitled"God in my corner"(God in my corner), the boxer assured that he was drugged before the start of the fight against Ali. The former champion explains that before the fight began, his trainer gave him medicine-flavored water to drink and that he went into the ring with that taste in his mouth.