10 George Foreman facts to celebrate the release of Big George Foreman

Big George Foreman commemorates the life of a sporting legend. The titular George Foreman is a monument to the skill and spirit of boxing, and his life outside the ring was no less rich or storied.

He now gets the autobiographical drama treatment from director George Tilman Jr. (helmer of the acclaimed The Hate U Give). In the starring role: charismatic young actor Khris Davis (Judas and the Black Messiah) who carries the audience through Foreman's multifaceted highs and lows across several decades.

To get you ready for the movie (remember: the Unlimited screening takes place on April 27th), here are some facts that sum up Foreman's remarkable prowess and charisma.

  • After taking up amateur boxing at a young age, Foreman won the Gold Medal in the Heavyweight division at the 1968 Summer Olympics

  • He then secured the World Heavyweight title with a second-round knock-out of the undefeated Joe Frazier in 1973

  • Foreman suffered his first professional loss to Muhammad Ali in the iconic Rumble in the Jungle fight in 1974



  • Foreman then retired and took up a new vocation as a Christian minister in the early 1980s

  • In 1994, at the age of 45, Foreman made a triumphant comeback, defeating the 26-year-old Michael Moorer to secure the unified WBA, IBF, and lineal heavyweight championship titles

  • Come 1995, Foreman entered the record books as the oldest world heavyweight champion in boxing history, aged 46 years and 169 days old



  • Foreman is the oldest person to ever win the world heavyweight boxing championship of major honors, and the second-oldest in any weight class after Bernard Hopkins (at light heavyweight)

  • Foreman retired in 1997 at the age of 48 and later became a successful entrepreneur via the George Foreman Grilling Machine and other products

  • George Foreman's final boxing record lists 76 wins (68 knockouts) and 5 losses

  • The International Boxing Research Organization rates Foreman as the eighth-greatest heavyweight of all time


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