The trio that owned boxing during its golden era in the 1970s: Joe Frazier, left, George Foreman and Muhammad Ali
George Foreman has undergone one of the most remarkable metamorphosis of any athlete in American history. So thorough is his transformation into a smiling, inspirational businessman, it is difficult to envision him as a former gangbanger and bully who grew into the singular most fearsome and formidable fighter in the 1970s.
In fact, as celebritynetworth.com points out, the name George Foreman means three different things to three generations:
- Older folks will recall the young 24-year-old Texan who lowered the absolute thunder on the undefeated Smokin’ Joe Frazier in 1973, practically breaking him in half, and whose first defeat was to Muhammad Ali in the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle, a historic battle that took place in Zaire in Africa and became the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary When We Were Kings.
- If you are younger, George Foreman is the smiling pitchman on TV who sells Meineke mufflers and most certainly the George Foreman Lean Mean Fat Reducing Grilling Machine, one of the best-selling cooking apparatuses of all time.
- If you are in high school, you only known Foreman as an ordained Baptist minister, author and entrepreneur and a jolly elderly man who stars in his own reality show.
He’s all of these things and more in a really remarkable rags-to-riches, tragedy-to-triumph story worthy of its own movie. Let’s take a look back a turbulent life redeemed, with the help of biography.com
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