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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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16 November 1982
Talibon, Bohol, Philippines
Filipino / American
Flyweight (112lbs) -Super Bantamweight (122lbs)
5’ 7” / 170 cm
68″ / 173 cm
1998 National Silver Gloves Champion
1999 National & International Junior Olympics Champion
2000 National USA Tournament Champion
World Champion in Four Weight Divisions
Counter Left Hook
An excellent all round fighter, Nonito Donaire has all the tools that will enable him to have longevity in boxing. Donaire has very fast hand, good defensive movement of upper body and feet, and because of his speed and technique, he also has excellent power in both hands.
His most notable punch which has developed over the years is his left hook which he utilizes as a counter punch. Donaire has either knocked out, knocked down or hurt many of his opponents with this punch.
Nonito Donaire has gone from strength to strength while moving up the weight divisions, very much like his fellow Filipino and boxing legend Manny Pacquiao. The difference is, Donaire possesses great technical boxing skills which has launched him into the world pound-for-pound rankings.
It was during Donaire’s amateur days that he developed his boxing ability. His amateur record was 68-8 (5 TKO’s), which means that power wasn’t his main attribute. However, he has sharpened his accuracy and power in the professional ranks which has made him a sensational fighter. Donaire undergoes an intense training regime, which includes some interesting methods.
Uses a Hypoxicator which is a high altitude simulator used for increasing red blood cells which enables the lungs to take in more oxygen thus improving stamina.
After each workout, he takes the supplements Xtend and Proglycosyn for recovery purposes.
Donaire abandons running for sprints instead, to develop fast-twitch muscle rather than slow-twitch muscle fiber.
Since working with Victor Conte (supplement specialist), Donaire has taken a more scientific approach to training.
have to work hard, but you have to work smart as well. Before I met Victor I just did the traditional [workouts]. Now I do a lot of physical training, a lot of strength training. Most of all we’ve done things that are smart. Putting the right stuff in my body, recovery, and knowing that recovering is as hard and as important as training hard.
29 October 1980
Caguas, Puerto Rico
Light Welterweight (140lbs) -Light Middleweight (154lbs)
5’ 7” / 170 cm
67″ / 170 cm
• Four Time World Champion in Three Weight Divisions
• Left Hook to the Body
The Puerto Rican people’s champ, Miguel Cotto has one of the best left hooks to the body in boxing, which is his most famed punch throughout the course of his entire career.
Cotto has a history of breaking down his opponents with his vicious body shots. Aside from dishing out punishment, Cotto has also been on the receiving end of severe beatings. However, his mental toughness can never be questioned as he has always given it his all in every fight.
Miguel Cotto is well-known for his feud with Mexican warrior Antonio Margarito, who handed Cotto’s his first loss. The whole controversy with Margarito’s hand wraps that ensued soon after led many to believe that Cotto lost the fight unfairly.
Although it can never be proven without a confession, Cotto got his redemption where he beat Margarito into retirement in their second fight. He also put up a gallant effort in his losses to pound-for-pound legends Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Cotto is an honest fighter who has the utmost professionalism inside and outside the ring, especially when it comes down to training.
• When Cotto teamed up with famed trainer Emmanuel Steward, Salsa dancing was introduced to the camp to improve agility, rhythm and movement.
Having changed trainers three times, he has settled on Pedro Diaz, who led the highly successful Cuban national boxing team. They have a great
chemistry and has done well together since teaming up.
Cotto has achieved a tremendous amount and is one of the most popular and fanfriendly fighters in boxing. His professionalism is evident as he trains just as hard as he fights.
The change of trainers was a good idea because instead of burning himself out by training six days a week, he now trains four days a week but focuses on more intense sessions.
Throughout Cotto’s career, he has matured into a fighter who has learned to enjoy every part of boxing, including the toughest aspects which has given him an amazing determination to win and the grit needed to go to war if necessary.