George Foreman struck fear into each and every one of his opponents during both his spells as heavyweight champion and fought all the top competitors during the 1970’s, which is often referred to as the strongest era in boxing.
‘Big’ George faced the likes of Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Ken Norton and Ron Lyle, before hanging up the gloves aged 28-years-old with a record of 45-2 in 1977. However, ten years later, Foreman would mount one of the greatest comebacks in the history of sport and go on to reclaim his title in 1994, defeating Michael Moorer and becoming the oldest ever heavyweight champion at 45-years-old.
The famed boxing legend remains a keen fan of the sport and says the all British blockbuster between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua is the only fight that matters right now.
At a media press call, Foreman said:
“A lot of the times, we don’t fight one another because we are afraid of each other and there is nothing wrong with being afraid of another fighter. Even when I made my comeback to boxing, I was not only going to be a good boxer, but I was going to be a good manager. I had to come out and fight the right fights at the right time, a lot of managers are still doing that for their fighters.
But, now we realise, when the right promotion is made, we all really celebrate because the money is so great.
With Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, when they meet, I feel like boxing has found its place, that is the match that should be made, everything else is just playing around.”
Foreman has a movie coming out on April 29th, titled ‘Big George Foreman’, detailing the life of the champion both inside and outside of the ring.