George Foreman was one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all-time, winning the world heavyweight title twice and compiling a remarkable record of 68 knockouts in his career, including defeating a top-ranked opponent 19 years younger than himself in 1994. His most famous fight was the heavyweight bout he lost in a stunning upset to Muhammad Ali before a large crowd in Zaire, Africa, which some have called the single greatest event in sports in the last century.
A gold medalist in the 1968 Summer Olympics (heavyweight division), he had an early successful pro career, winning his first world title by defeating champion Joe Frazier and defended the title once before losing to Ali. But he was also a very aloof person outside the ring.
In 1977 he suffered a stunning upset to Jimmy Young. After the fight he felt ill and had a near-death experience, at which time he cried out to God. He then became a born-again Christian and an ordained minister, officially retiring from boxing. He then made a fortune in selling the "Foreman Grill," a unique electric cooking device available in several models, along with promoting many other products, reinventing his public image into the smiling persona of today.
In 1987 he surprised the world by announcing a comeback at age 38, which ultimately resulted in his regaining the title in 1994.
He has been married five times and is the father of 12 children, five sons (all of whom are named George) and seven daughters (two adopted).
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