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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 10 January 1949Marshall, Texas, USA
Birth NameGeorge Edward Foreman
Nicknames Big George
The Heywood Giant
Height 6' 3½" (1.92 m)

Mini Bio (1)

George Foreman was boxing's most feared fighter from 1973-1974. Undefeated in 40 straight fights, 37 by knockout, he was on a 24 consecutive knockout run when he faced Muhammad Ali on October 30, 1974 in defense of his world heavyweight title in Zaire, Africa. A product of a poor family, Foreman was in constant trouble with the law. He credits the Job Corp with turning his life around. Started boxing as an amateur and, in less than three years, captured a gold medal in the 1968 Olympic Games. Lost only 2 out of 24 amateur fights. Turned pro under the guidance of veteran trainer Dick Saddler. Foreman was a stablemate of former heavyweight king Charles "Sonny" Liston and Charlie Snips. Foreman idolized Liston and copied his ring style and mannerisms. Foreman used a piercing stare to intimated his opponents ala Liston. He was criticized for beating second rate opponents, yet had scored victories over credible fighters like George Chuvallo, Boone Kirkman and Gregorio Peralta. Destroyed undefeated Joe Frazier in two brutal rounds to capture the world title in 1973; Frazier was knocked down six times. Destroyed Jose "King" Roman in one round and Ken Norton in two rounds to retain his title. Foreman was knocked out by 3-1 underdog Muhammad Ali in 8 rounds. Foreman fought 5 men in one night in a 1975 exhibition. Won five straight knockouts on the comeback trail before being decked and decision-ed by Jimmy Young in Puerto Rico in 1977. Foreman claimed to have seen God in his dressing room following the defeat and announced he was going to become a preacher and retire from boxing. Preached for 10 years and blew up to 300 pounds. Decided to return to the ring to raise money for his church; experts laughed, but Foreman racked up 18 straight knockout victories. He was defeated in a title bid by Evander Holyfield but, a few years later, shocked the world by knocking out undefeated World Heavyweight Champion Michael Moorer (36-0) to become champion again at 45. Made a few successful defenses before losing his title by a controversial decision to Shannon Briggs.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: angelsunchained

Spouse (5)

Mary Martelly (25 March 1985 - present) (6 children)
Andrea Skeete (28 April 1982 - 4 February 1985) (divorced) (2 children)
Sharon Goodson (15 September 1981 - 23 April 1982) (divorced)
Cynthia Lewis (6 October 1977 - 3 August 1979) (divorced)
Adrienne Calhoun (24 December 1971 - 13 February 1974) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (35)

He told ESPN SportsCentury he named all five of his sons George Edward so that each would known who his father was. Foreman learned as an adult that he was the illegitimate son of a man named Leroy Moorehead. The two men eventually met, and Foreman was a minister at Moorehead's funeral.
Heavyweight boxing champion
Won the heavyweight boxing title in January of 1973 by knocking out Joe Frazier. Lost the title in October of 1974 to Muhammad Ali.
Retired from boxing in 1977 after a loss to Jimmy Young, then returned to the ring in 1987.
Promotes the George Foreman Jumbo Fat Reducing Grilling Machine for shopping channel QVC.
Undefeated since his comeback in 1987, George fought undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield for the title in 1991. Big George proved he was for real at 42 by staying with Holyfield for 12 rounds and losing by decision.
Won a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics.
Son George VI born on 15 August 1999 at 10:45 pm.
Daughter, Freeda George, is a professional on the US women's boxing circuit.
Inducted into World Boxing Hall of Fame. [October 2002]
At age 45, George regained the world heavyweight title by knocking out Michael Moorer in the 10th round in 1994.
Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, 2003.
Inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, 1990.
Works as a priest. He was called "World's coolest priest" by the Norwegian magazine "Vi Menn".
The greatest knockout boxer of all-time with 68 of his 76 wins coming by KO.
Climbed off the canvas three times to knockout Ron Lyle in 1976.
Fought 5 heavyweight boxers in one night in Canada in 1975, knocking out 3.
Knocked out heavyweight champions Joe Frazier, Ken Norton and Michael Moorer.
Won 24 straight fights by knockout prior to fighting Muhammad Ali.
Won his first 40 fights, 37 by knockout.
Father with Adrienne of Michi Foreman. Father with Pamela Clay (not the actress) of George Foreman Jr.. Father with Charlotte Gross of Georgetta Foreman. Father with Andrea of Freeda Foreman and George Foreman III. Father with Mary of Natalie Foreman, Leola Foreman, George Foreman IV, George Foreman V and George Foreman VI.
His son, George Foreman III, is his manager.
He knocked out Joe Frazier (1973) and Ken Norton (1974) in the second round. He KO'd Frazier again in the 5th in a later meeting.
He was never knocked down during his" second career" (31-3 1987-1997) . Amazingly, in each fight. he remained standing between rounds.
Performed sports columnist George Kimball's 4th marriage.
Release of his book, "By George: The Autobiography of George Foreman" by George with Joel Engel.
Release of his book, "George Foreman's Big Book of Grilling, Barbecue and Rotisserie: More than 75 Recipes for Family and Friends" by George with Barbara Witt.
Release of his book, "Knock-Out-the-Fat Barbecue and Grilling Cookbook" by George with Cherie Calbom.
Release of his book, "George Foreman's Indoor Grilling Made Easy: More Than 100 Simple, Healthy Ways to Feed Family and Friends" by George with Kathryn Kellinger.
Purchased 20% ownership interest of racing horse "Future Destiny" with New York Jet great Wayne Chrebet. [March 2006]
Release of his book, "George Foreman's Guide to Life: How to Get Up Off the Canvas When Life Knocks You Down" by George with Linda Kulman.
Release of his book, "Let George Do It!" by George with Fran Manushkin.
Release of his book, "Going the Extra Smile".
Release of his book, "The Knockout Entrepreneur" by George with Ken Abraham. [September 2009]
Release of his book, "God in My Corner: A Spiritual Memoir" by George with Ken Abraham.

Personal Quotes (36)

Food makes me happy."

"I'm on a see-food diet. I see food, I eat it."

[plugging his TV series] "And you better be watching, or I'll beat you up and eat all of your food.
On his boxing comeback, "I didn't come back for the money. I just got sick of beating people up for free."
I called them all George because I was worried that when I was older I might suffer from memory loss. I would have called my five girls George, too, but my wife said she thought that was overkill. When one of them is naughty, I shout 'George!' and that one knows who I mean. The only time it is awkward for me is when a teacher calls up and say we have a problem with George, and I have to ask them which one.
As a child I was sometimes so hungry that I used to dream that one day I'd get locked in a grocery store.
I never did anything for personal gain. When I was a boxer, I wanted to be champion of the world, not the richest man in the world. If you can maintain that integrity in whatever you do, you can't go wrong. That's what I tell my kids, anyway.
My mother used to tell me, "You live and learn. Then you die and forget it all."
The seventies are the best years. That's when you're wise.
I called Muhammad the other day. I said, "Muhammad, I think I can really get you now in a rematch." And he said, "You crazy!". He doesn't speak rapidly, but he said, "George, I'm coming to see you." He said it with such love. No, I don't have any regrets.
After I lost to Muhammad Ali in Zaire, I told everybody that I was robbed. The ropes were loose, the water was drugged....Then, once I'd changed my nature, I realized what a blemish I'd put on this great man's career. Why would I go out and spit on his victory to mess up this great man's name?
Can't retire from exercising.
Joe Frazier told me why he had that hate for Muhammad Ali. Muhammad was calling him an Uncle Tom. Kids would go to school and taunt his children, and they'd come home and his wife would hear about it. What bothered Joe was that every morning he'd get up really early, when it was dark, to get the roadwork in. He always wore this big hood over his head when he ran. And he said, "Man, I don't want my wife thinking I'm peeping into people's windows. The point is, at the time, Joe didn't get what an Uncle Tom was. He hated Muhammad because he thought Ali was calling him a Peepin' Tom. If someone would have explained to Joe what an Uncle Tom was, he might not have ever hated Ali.
I love Joe Frazier. He's been an original from day one. A few years back, Joe, Muhammad, and I did a video in England. After the taping, we were at a charity dinner with some of the royal family. They were serving lamb chops with mint jelly -- beautiful food. The waiter asked, "Can I get you anything else?" And Joe said, "I want some more green jelly." The waiter said, "Do you mean mint sauce?" And Joe said, "Same thing." And I thought, Some people put on a face for you and a face for someone else. But this man has only one face. "Same thing." If you understood what he said, why did you need to correct him?
The first thing that came into my mind when I signed the grill contract for $137.5 million was, I'm going to make my sisters millionaires. After all these years, they're finally going to be millionaires. And they did become millionaires -- with the same old troubles as everybody else.
Losing your mother is the most mysterious lostness. You know how the astronauts walk in space, attached to the spacecraft by a line? The moment you find out your mother's died, you feel like someone's slipped the line off the craft. You're just floating away. Floating... floating... I remember my daughter called and said, "Don't you worry. I'm on my way." All the sudden that line snagged and I was anchored again.
Preaching is the most original thing I've ever done. There's nothing familiar about it. You have to be brave.
Winning the title for a second time from Michael Moorer was a special moment. But it was nothing beyond that. A week later, people were heaping praises on me, and it was hard because you've gotta act like it's still important. But it was already over.
Changing your nature is the hardest thing to do. But I discovered that you can be who you choose to be.
All my sons are named George Foreman. They all know where they came from.
As an adult, I found out that my dad, J.D. Foreman, was not my biological dad. My mom and J.D. had broken up for a time, and that's when I was conceived. That's why my brothers and sisters called me Mo-head. What they were really saying was Moorehead. My biological dad was named Leroy Moorehead.
Evil lurks where disappointment lodges.
I'll tell you how low a man can go. There was a B.B. King song that went, "Nobody loves me but my mother/And she could be jiving', too.
Imagine losing everything you think matters to you in ten seconds.
The day after I lost to Muhammad Ali, people came by and put a hand on my shoulder and said, "It's okay, George. You'll have another chance." That was pity. From being feared to being pitied. Brother, that's a long fall.
I remember how people looked at me as I left the United States for Zaire. "Man, that's George Foreman, going to fight Muhammad Ali." Then they'd drop their heads. Fear. Nobody would give me a straight-on look. It was a funny kind of admiration. There were people too scared to even ask for an autograph.
Sandy Saddler, the great featherweight champion, gave me some advice after I won the title. I said, "Man, this sex thing. How did you deal with this sex thing? He said, "George, it's real easy when you're married and faithful to one woman. Because when you're in the mood, she's in the mood. It gets out of hand when you start messing with two or three people. It becomes unmanageable. Even you become unmanageable. Be faithful to one. I just didn't grasp it at the time.
Most of us are just kids.
You don't know what it is to be heavyweight champ of the world until you become the heavyweight champ of the world. It's tough. You hear, "So-and-so became champ and he had five girls and five Cadillacs." So you get five Cadillacs and five girls just because so-and-so had it. It doesn't originate from you. It's not desire or physical urgency. It's all ignorance.
When I won the title against Joe Frazier, it was everything I ever worked for.
In the 1968 Olympics, Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised black-gloved fists on the victory stand, and that's all people were talking about. My gold medal didn't have much luster when I went home to Houston, but it sure had luster to me. I wore that thing everywhere I went. Those were the days of Nehru jackets and medallions, so it just fit in. I wore it so much that after a while, some of the gold started to rub off. A jeweler made it look pretty again, and I didn't want any more gold to rub off, so I put it in a safe-deposit box. That's where it stayed for years. In the eighties, I moved to Marshall, Texas. I decided to put that medal in the historical society so the kids could see it and be inspired. The message was, you could come out of this small town and do big things. I want all the children in the world to feel like that medal is as much theirs as it is my children's.
Sometimes my older brothers and sisters would tease me, call me Mo-head. I didn't know why. Sometimes they'd say, "You're not really our brother." That would drive me crazy. Even before I outgrew them, they learned that the teasing wasn't worth the consequences.
When there was no lunch to take to school, I blew up a brown paper sack to make it look full.
We couldn't afford a TV. But my Aunt Leola let me watch hers. I'd watch The Donna Reed Show (1958) and Leave It to Beaver (1957) and wonder what it would be like to have my own bed. Shutting off a reading lamp next to your bed seemed like the height of luxury.
I grew up in the Fifth Ward of Houston -- the Bloody Fifth, we called it. Every weekend someone got killed.
I dread handshakes. I've got some problems with my hands, and everywhere I go, people want to impress me with their grip. To make it worse, now women are coming up with that firm shake. So I'll say, "Gimme five!" If a boy wants a handshake, I'll just give him a hug.
[on his match with Ron Lyle in January 1976] It was definitely the toughest fight I've ever had.
Missing is part of winning.

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