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10 January 1949
Marshall, Texas, USA
6’ 4” / 193 cm
82″ / 208 cm
• 1968 Olympic Heavyweight Gold Medalist
• Two Time Heavyweight World Champion
• Oldest Heavyweight World Champion at age 45
• Successful Entrepreneur and Promoter of the George Foreman Grill
• Extreme Power in Both Hands
Hooks, uppercuts, jabs, crosses - No matter what punch George Foreman decided to throw, he would throw it with unbelievable power, which many of his opponents could not withstand.
Foreman’s power is even more impressive given the fact that he was slow and lacked proper punching technique. Nonetheless, his punches were like sledgehammers, his chin was solid and he was also mentally tough. Those three attributes made Foreman very hard to beat.
George Foreman is one of the greatest heavyweight boxers in the history of the sport. He had a successful amateur pedigree, winning a gold medal in the 1968 Olympics, which meant that he had good boxing fundamentals.
As Foreman moved into the professional ranks, his extreme power allowed him to abandon much of the boxing basics that he needed in the amateurs. Described by many as a ‘physical
freak of nature’,
Foreman’s training regimen was the foundations upon which he could reach his physical peak.
• After a long 10 year layoff from boxing, Foreman had a big girth so he would perform 400 sit ups per day to help develop the muscles in his stomach again.
• Had a punching bag hung from a metal platform on the back of a truck which enabled Foreman to run and hit the heavy bag at the same time.
• Foreman credited his punching power to come from his forearms rather than his legs or hips. This was a result of jabbing with the left hand for 30 minutes and then throwing a right cross for another 30 minutes.
• Chopping wood to build up physical strength. It’s very much the same type of motion as throwing a punch.
During the first phase of Foreman’s professional boxing career, he appeared to lack stamina to go the distance. He would later say this was because of nervous energy and when he made his comeback, he controlled his nervousness much more effectively and his stamina was no longer an issue.
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