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5. George Foreman KO 5 Ron Lyle – 1976

This fight is fondly remembered as ‘the elevator fight’ because both men went up and down so much. This was The RING magazine’s fight of the year for 1976 and furthermore the 4th round was named 6th most exciting round in boxing history by The RING magazine.

In that fourth round, Foreman went down early and scored a knockdown of his own shortly after. However, at the bell Foreman was fell once again and fell face first towards the canvas.

Foreman was on the ropes metaphorically and badly shaken as both combatants came out for the 5th round. ‘Big George’s pressure style did back Ron Lyle toward the ropes and Foreman pounded him with a relentless barrage of thudding blows.

Foreman had to make a statement in this fight, this was his first time back in the squared circle following his losing the monumental ‘Rumble In The Jungle’ against Muhammad Ali.

He clearly stated that it was his intention to get the rematch with Ali in a cover issue of Sports Illustrated. His first step would be to take on the game and proven heavyweight contender, Ron Lyle to win the national heavyweight title.

This was an awesome display of skill, will and punching power that will continue to live in the memory for a long time.

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