January 12, 2017

George Foreman: Boxing Champ, Marketing Champ

On Tuesday, George Foreman, professional boxer, ordained minister, and entrepreneur, turned 68 years old. Born in 1949 in Texas, Foreman had a troubled childhood until he found his calling - boxing. By 1968, he joined the US Olympic boxing team and captured the gold medal at the 1968 US Olympics in Mexico City. Shortly after, Foreman went pro and took the heavyweight title from "Smoking" Joe Frazier in 1973. Foreman's reign ended when he lost to Muhammad Ali in the legendary match "Rumble in the Jungle" in 1974. Twenty years later at the age of 45, Foreman shocked audiences by recapturing part of his title from 27-year-old Michael Moorer. Foreman retired for good in 1997 at the age of 48 with a final record of 76 wins, 5 losses, and 68 knockouts.