May 12, 1990 |
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.
January 24, 1995 |
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.
June 8, 1993 |
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.
April 22, 1995 |
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.
May 21, 2013 |
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.
December 7, 1991 |
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.
December 8, 1991 |
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.
November 13, 2014 |
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.
November 5, 2011 |
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.
June 6, 2016 |
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.