On May 3, the absolute greatest stars of boxing will meet at the Encore hotel in Las Vegas, for the extraordinary hurrah Dinner and Gala Auction of the Hublot Night of Champions… and “Big” George Foreman will help make it a Big Hit!
George was born in Texas, on January 10, 1949. From a young age, George was attracted to the sport of gloves and began to attend gyms where he learned boxing, harnessing his natural power and deeply competitive aptitude plus attitude.
At the tender age 19, he won the gold medal at the 1968 Mexico Olympics. And the following year he made his professional debut defeating Don Waldhelm by KO in the third round.
On January 22, 1973, the opportunity arrived to face the world heavyweight champion Joe Frazier and George seized it with both hands, triumphing in the most spectacular way.
After several successful defenses with rivals including the magnificently proportioned Ken Norton, who he blasted out in two incredible rounds, in 1974 George faced boxing legend and superstar Muhammad Ali, in one of the most legendary matches in boxing matches in history. And Ali proved he was then number one.
After the loss to Ali, George paused his career for almost two years.
In 1976 he faced Ron Lyle and although he won a give and take multi knockdown slugfest, be was no longer the invincible fighter he once was.
After his defeat against Jimmy Young, George experienced a revelation…an epiphany, which he himself described as “close to death.” From that moment onwards, Foreman retired from boxing and dedicated his life to the Church becoming a pastor.
Ten years later, at 38 years of age, a now genial but still absolutely determined George Foreman returned to boxing, with a much more charismatic and positive attitude. On the comeback trail, George fought Steve Zouski, Terry Anderson, Mike Jameson and then the multi gifted Evander Holyfield.
In 1994, an incredible twenty years after losing the crown, George Foreman regained the heavyweight belt by knocking out Michael Moorer, giving to God and the World the most amazing, inspirational, comeback triumph… of all time!
What a unique privilege that “Big George” has agreed to be part of the greatest lineup of Boxing`s Supreme Champions of Champions for this unique and fabulous evening!