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May 12, 1990 | By Anthony S. Twyman, Daily News Staff Writer
You've heard of the "Thrilla in Manila. " You saw the "Rumble in the Jungle. " Now, get ready for the "Liberty Brawl For It All. " Mayor Goode and former heavyweight champion George Foreman are planning to go toe-to-toe next Wednesday in a mock boxing match. "Now I would like to tell George, on that historic day he will fall in a brawl for it all," Goode said yesterday during a press conference at City Hall announcing the fake fighting event. Then reality set in. "George is a big man," the mayor said, feigning fear.
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January 24, 1995 | By Robert Seltzer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For 10 years, George Foreman turned eating into a passion, shoveling food into his mouth as if he were stoking a fire in his belly. Then in 1987, determined to lose weight and gain credibility, Foreman accomplished both when he launched his miraculous comeback. Now a relatively svelte 250 pounds, down more than 50 pounds from his retirement days, Foreman is experiencing a delicious irony: Trimmer than he was about seven years ago, he is nonetheless bigger than ever - in popularity, not girth.
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June 8, 1993 | By Robert Seltzer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The best act in town closed last night, perhaps forever. Tommy Morrison scored a unanimous decision over George Foreman in a 12- round heavyweight bout at the Thomas & Mack Center, winning the vacant World Boxing Organization title. Judges Patricia Jarman and Dalby Shirley scored it 117-110, while Jerry Roth had it 118-109. It was an exciting if not spectacular fight, and most ringside observers scored it much closer than did the officials. Morrison, 24, of Kansas City, Kan., raised his record to 37-1.
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June 6, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
WE GOT THERE early, so early that our car was the first one in the dirt parking lot, across the road from the Deer Lake camp whose entrance was guarded by huge boulders with legendary boxers' names painted on them. We walked past the rocks in front of Coretta's Kitchen when the man we came to see emerged from his cabin at the end of a clearing. It was the three of us - my friend Rick Landers and I had left Baltimore for Wilmington, where we picked up college classmate Caesar Alsop - and Muhammad Ali. It was the summer of 1974, a few months before Ali would head to Zaire in what many thought a fool's errand, a longshot chance to take back his heavyweight title by beating unbeaten champion George Foreman.
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April 22, 1995 | By Robert Seltzer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For the first time in his glorious comeback, the old, fat, bald guy has imposed a moratorium on old, fat, bald jokes. And that, as every boxing fan knows, is just as shocking as the thunderclap of a right hand that separated Michael Moorer from both his senses and his championship on Nov. 5. "People used to say, 'Well, he's doing OK for a man his age,' " George Foreman, 46, said. "No, no, no. I'm doing OK for a man any age. I'm the heavyweight champion. Period. " So it is a more serious - but no less genial - George Foreman who will make his first title defense against Axel Schulz tonight at the MGM Grand.
SPORTS
May 21, 2013 | By the Inquirer Staff
IBF light-heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins has won the 2013 John Wanamaker Athletic Award. The Philadelphia native will receive the award June 20 in a ceremony at the Wanamaker Building's Crystal Tea Room. In 2011, Hopkins broke George Foreman's record as the oldest fighter in history to win a title when he defeated Jean Pascal for the WBC and Ring Magazine light-heavyweight crowns at age 46. On March 9, Hopkins easily decisioned Tavoris Cloud to capture the IBF title at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
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December 7, 1991 | By Robert Seltzer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Padlock your pantries. George Foreman is hungry, and when the former heavyweight champion looks around for grub, the entire food chain is in danger. That means everything from pork chops to chicken livers to 228-pound opponents. The main course should get served up tonight at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, where Foreman is set to meet Jimmy Ellis in a scheduled 10-round heavyweight bout. The ex-titleholder is ranked in the top five of all three major sanctioning bodies, while Ellis is as unranked as he is unknown.
SPORTS
December 8, 1991 | By Robert Seltzer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Accompanied by his belly, an entourage unto itself, George Foreman lumbered into the ring last night. He lumbered back out in less than 10 minutes. The man is an efficient assassin. With the same sense of purpose he shows at the buffet table, Foreman polished off Jimmy Ellis in the third round of a scheduled 10-round heavyweight bout at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Referee Richard Steele stopped the bout at 1 minute, 36 seconds of the round. According to the punch statistics, Foreman landed an amazing 40 of 49 punches in the final round, most of them of the concussive variety.
SPORTS
November 13, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
GEORGE FOREMAN fought until he was 48 years, called it quits after he couldn't get off more than a handful of punches against a fighter named Shannon Briggs. But he took a decade off from the fight game from age 28 to 38, and when the total number of rounds was calculated for his career, it stood at 349. Today George Foreman is 65 years old, in good health, and still makes a ton of dough as a corporate pitchman. "I never fell in love with exercise, but you have to do it for the rest of your life," he said in the AARP bulletin last month.
NEWS
November 5, 2011 | By Matt Breen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
During his boxing career, Leslie Wolff said Joe Frazier never stopped fighting. And Wolff said he has no reason to think he'll stop now. On Saturday afternoon, it was confirmed that the former heavyweight champion and Philadelphia boxing icon was in serious condition after being diagnosed with liver cancer. "We're looking for some miracles," said Wolff, Frazier's business manager. "When you're dealing with the Big C, it's not an easy thing to deal with. " The 67-year-old Frazier was diagnosed a month ago and is currently in hospice care in Philadelphia.
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June 6, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
WE GOT THERE early, so early that our car was the first one in the dirt parking lot, across the road from the Deer Lake camp whose entrance was guarded by huge boulders with legendary boxers' names painted on them. We walked past the rocks in front of Coretta's Kitchen when the man we came to see emerged from his cabin at the end of a clearing. It was the three of us - my friend Rick Landers and I had left Baltimore for Wilmington, where we picked up college classmate Caesar Alsop - and Muhammad Ali. It was the summer of 1974, a few months before Ali would head to Zaire in what many thought a fool's errand, a longshot chance to take back his heavyweight title by beating unbeaten champion George Foreman.
SPORTS
November 13, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
GEORGE FOREMAN fought until he was 48 years, called it quits after he couldn't get off more than a handful of punches against a fighter named Shannon Briggs. But he took a decade off from the fight game from age 28 to 38, and when the total number of rounds was calculated for his career, it stood at 349. Today George Foreman is 65 years old, in good health, and still makes a ton of dough as a corporate pitchman. "I never fell in love with exercise, but you have to do it for the rest of your life," he said in the AARP bulletin last month.
SPORTS
October 10, 2014 | By Stan Hochman, Daily News Staff Writer
MUHAMMAD ALI has a big heart, a kind heart, a generous heart. Loves kids, especially his own, which number seven or nine, or more, depending on who is doing the counting. Heavyweight champion in a brutal sport, loves his kids, nice story line, but you can't stretch that into a 2-hour documentary, no matter how many cute-as-a-cupcake phone conversations you include. They try in "I Am Ali," which opens in theaters today. It is no more a complete and honest depiction of Ali than any of the books, magazine articles, films and documentaries that preceded it. Maybe next year.
SPORTS
May 21, 2013 | By the Inquirer Staff
IBF light-heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins has won the 2013 John Wanamaker Athletic Award. The Philadelphia native will receive the award June 20 in a ceremony at the Wanamaker Building's Crystal Tea Room. In 2011, Hopkins broke George Foreman's record as the oldest fighter in history to win a title when he defeated Jean Pascal for the WBC and Ring Magazine light-heavyweight crowns at age 46. On March 9, Hopkins easily decisioned Tavoris Cloud to capture the IBF title at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
SPORTS
November 28, 2011
Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland ended the United States' 11-year drought in golf's World Cup by shooting a 5-under 67 on Sunday to win by 2 strokes in Hainan, China. The American pair fired six birdies in the alternate-shot final round at Mission Hills Blackstone course to finish at 24-under 264, notching the 24th U.S. win in the history of the tournament. The American victory was the first since Tiger Woods and David Duval claimed the title 11 years ago. The event was annual up until 2009, and this year's tournament was the first in the new biennial format.
SPORTS
November 6, 2011 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
During his boxing career, Leslie Wolff said, Joe Frazier never stopped fighting. And Wolff said he has no reason to think he'll stop now. On Saturday afternoon, it was confirmed that the former heavyweight champion and Philadelphia boxing icon was in serious condition with liver cancer. "We're looking for some miracles," said Wolff, Frazier's business manager. "When you're dealing with the Big C, it's not an easy thing to deal with. " The disease was diagnosed a month ago, and the 67-year-old Frazier is in hospice care in Philadelphia.
SPORTS
October 16, 2011 | By Mark Whicker, For The Inquirer
LOS ANGELES - Philadelphia's Danny Garcia remained unbeaten with a split decision over veteran Kendall Holt and won the WBO junior welterweight title at Staples Center on Saturday night. The fight was on the undercard of the main event between WBC light-heavyweight champ Bernard Hopkins and former champ Chad Dawson. Garcia (22-0) practically closed Holt's left eye and gained strength as the 12-rounder went on. The surprise was that he didn't win unanimously, considering that he was ahead by six points on two judges' cards.
SPORTS
May 18, 2011
DURING HIS 1980 debate with President Carter, Republican nominee Ronald Reagan uttered one of his more famous lines. Rolling his eyes at a point Carter was attempting to make, a bemused Reagan smiled and said, "There you go again. " You have to wonder what The Gipper, who died in 2004, would think of the latest verbal faux pas made by boxing legend Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins, whose brilliance inside the ropes sometimes is overshadowed by comments that can stray toward the controversial, the outrageous and the defamatory.
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October 22, 2000 | By Miriam Hill, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rick Bunker was planning an elaborate $250,000 overhaul of his Chestnut Hill kitchen and family room, hoping to turn it into the perfect entertainment space for the parties, including an impending Halloween costume ball, that he throws for friends every few months. But the kitchen is on hold. Bunker has watched his net worth, largely tied up in the stock of his former employer, Internet Capital Group of Wayne, drop 90 percent in the last six months. Bunker, chief executive of digital printer Xyan.
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