George Foreman built himself into a relentless force and immovable object as he prepared for his ten-year return.
A boxing legend with bulldozers told how he ensured he would never hit the canvas during the second part of his historic career.
Returning to the sport after wondering if he would fight again, Foreman knew he needed to be something special to compete in the late 1980s and 1990s.
To bolster his efforts, “Big George” kept an extra twenty pounds in weight to be sure he would be a tough man to take off.
Explaining how he did it, Foreman said, “I trained with logs. We dug holes (in training and used) a shovel and a pickaxe.
“Then I would pull my jeep. It was the strength of the legs. Nobody could knock me down in a comeback, ”he added.
The foreman had something in his armory most of all. Ability to lay out people in the cold. An incredible 68 of his 76 wins came by knockout.
On his strength, the bruise said: “I have to admit that being able to punch so hard was a gift.
“There’s hardly anything to practice every day because I couldn’t train like that. But I liked the heavy bag.
“Some days I came (in sparring), taking the guys for granted. I was hit several times. Although nothing is out of hand. “
GEORGE FORMAN RECORD
Having lost just twice in 29 fights in the seven years of his return, Foreman made history in 1994 at the MGM Grand.
At age 45, he defeated Michael Moorer and became the eldest heavyweight champion ever.
This record is maintained today. However, he will face problems due to the increase in the number of senior fighters.
Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr., who are fighting at the age of fifty, cannot be a threat. But on the flip side of their show is projected a surge in the number of forty-something heavyweights by the end of the 2020s.
Wladimir Klitschko has stated his desire to leave this year. This scenario has not yet materialized due to the current situation in his home country.
Whether Foreman has this feat in ten years is being debated. But one thing is for sure; you need to prepare well if you are going to defeat George Foreman.
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