Now 72, George Foreman Is Still The Comeback Kid

By: Sean Crose We live in an era where branding is absolutely everything. A fighter who can't market himself or herself effectively is going to have a hard time career-wise, no matter how good he or she is. That's why fighters such as Ryan Garcia are held at such a premium, because they have a tendency to back up the image. Rarely, however, can a fighter have two, count 'em, two complete ring careers where it seems the only thing that's similar is the name. If you find those words confusing, don't be alarmed. Just sit back and ponder the two boxing careers of the great George Foreman. Born to a hard knock life in Houston, Foreman went from being a tough kid to an Olympic star. "Big George" then turned pro, winning the heavyweight championship of the world in the early 70s by absolutely battering poor Joe Frazier around a Jamaican ring for a few rounds. It was the biggest one sided beating since Dempsey thrashed Willard way back in the day, and people took notice. It was hard not to notice now that a towering man with thunderous power in each gloved fist held the heavyweight championship of the world. Enter one Muhammad Ali, past thirty and arguably past his prime. No one, or at least not many, thought "The Greatest" would prove to be just that against the likes of Foreman. By employing a brilliant and dangerous "Rope a Dope" strategy, however, Ali let Foreman punch himself out before dropping the big man in Zaire during the famous "Rumble in the Jungle." Foreman lost his title that night, and things only got worse for him from there. Yet a religious experience in the late 70's turned Foreman's life around. Ferocious George Foreman went on to be Reverend George Foreman, a Christian who talked the talk and walked the walk. Looking back, perhaps no one should be surprised that the ordained minister returned to the fight game and, after being laughed at for while, ended up regaining the heavyweight title. Foreman's stunning one punch knockout of defending champ Michael Moorer is still the stuff of legend - especially when one considers the fact that Foreman was 45 years old at the time. Now thoroughly retired, Foreman has long been a ubiquitous and - one must assume - insanely well paid spokesperson for numerous products, namely the famous George Foreman Grill. Good for him. He's known for his generosity and he certainly isn't the type to flaunt his hard earned wealth. It's Foreman's 72'nd Birthday today, and the guy has undoubtedly learned a lot of lessons throughout his decades of public life. One lesson people - especially young boxers - can learn from Foreman, however, is that nice guys don't always finish last. The post Now 72, George Foreman Is Still The Comeback Kid appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Now 72, George Foreman Is Still The Comeback Kid

By: Sean Crose

We live in an era where branding is absolutely everything. A fighter who can't market himself or herself effectively is going to have a hard time career-wise, no matter how good he or she is. That's why fighters such as Ryan Garcia are held at such a premium, because they have a tendency to back up the image. Rarely, however, can a fighter have two, count 'em, two complete ring careers where it seems the only thing that's similar is the name. If you find those words confusing, don't be alarmed. Just sit back and ponder the two boxing careers of the great George Foreman.

Born to a hard knock life in Houston, Foreman went from being a tough kid to an Olympic star. "Big George" then turned pro, winning the heavyweight championship of the world in the early 70s by absolutely battering poor Joe Frazier around a Jamaican ring for a few rounds. It was the biggest one sided beating since Dempsey thrashed Willard way back in the day, and people took notice. It was hard not to notice now that a towering man with thunderous power in each gloved fist held the heavyweight championship of the world.

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Enter one Muhammad Ali, past thirty and arguably past his prime. No one, or at least not many, thought "The Greatest" would prove to be just that against the likes of Foreman. By employing a brilliant and dangerous "Rope a Dope" strategy, however, Ali let Foreman punch himself out before dropping the big man in Zaire during the famous "Rumble in the Jungle." Foreman lost his title that night, and things only got worse for him from there.

Yet a religious experience in the late 70's turned Foreman's life around. Ferocious George Foreman went on to be Reverend George Foreman, a Christian who talked the talk and walked the walk. Looking back, perhaps no one should be surprised that the ordained minister returned to the fight game and, after being laughed at for while, ended up regaining the heavyweight title. Foreman's stunning one punch knockout of defending champ Michael Moorer is still the stuff of legend - especially when one considers the fact that Foreman was 45 years old at the time.

Now thoroughly retired, Foreman has long been a ubiquitous and - one must assume - insanely well paid spokesperson for numerous products, namely the famous George Foreman Grill. Good for him. He's known for his generosity and he certainly isn't the type to flaunt his hard earned wealth.

It's Foreman's 72'nd Birthday today, and the guy has undoubtedly learned a lot of lessons throughout his decades of public life. One lesson people - especially young boxers - can learn from Foreman, however, is that nice guys don't always finish last.

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Luke Campbell: “Still Gutted But What A Battle This Was.”

By: Sean Crose One thing Luke Campbell has to be given credit for over the past week is the fact he's gracious in defeat. Ever since losing to Ryan Garcia via body shot last weekend, the British fighter has given Garcia credit for a fine performance and has made no excuses for coming up short against a hard hitting rising star. This is refreshing to see in the contemporary boxing scene, for top fighters such as Deontay Wilder and Vasyl Lomachenko have recently expressed resentment and even disbelief at seemingly clear losses. Campbell simply does not fall into their camp. Everyone knew walking in that Garcia-Campbell was going to be an interesting and close match. Still, many were thoroughly surprised when Campbell sent the undefeated and powerful Garcia to the mat in the second round. The fact that Garcia rose to his feet and managed to fight his way to a stoppage win impressed many, including Campbell himself. "A week ago today," Campbell tweeted above a picture of last week's action, "still gutted but what a battle this was! The win is so important but entertaining the fans is what matters most. No padded records, this sport needs the best fighting the best. Hopefully we’ve set the tone for 2021 @KingRyanG." Garcia, in truth, has likewise been gracious in victory - something that's not always the case in boxing. "Nothing but respect to @luke11campbell," Garcia tweeted the day after their battle. "True warrior for life." Campbell himself has attested to the respectful relationship the men have post-fight. "After the dust had settled on our fight," Campbell tweeted earlier this week, "I got to spend some time with just Ryan and his family. No talking trash, no egos...just genuinely classy, down to earth, lovely people. As classy outside the ring as he is inside it. You will always have my respect champ @KingRyanG." The post was accompanied by pictures of the two men getting along well. It's hard to tell where former gold medalist Campbell will go from here. He's lost his last two fights, to Garcia and Lomachenko respectively, and has also been bested by Jorge Linares. Although he's beaten his share of good fighters, he has so far come up short when battling the sport's bigger names. Still, boxing is literally and figuratively the home of Rocky stories, and if the tale of Luke Campbell becomes one, it will have happened to a legit sportsman indeed. The post Luke Campbell: “Still Gutted But What A Battle This Was.” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Luke Campbell: “Still Gutted But What A Battle This Was.”

By: Sean Crose

One thing Luke Campbell has to be given credit for over the past week is the fact he's gracious in defeat. Ever since losing to Ryan Garcia via body shot last weekend, the British fighter has given Garcia credit for a fine performance and has made no excuses for coming up short against a hard hitting rising star. This is refreshing to see in the contemporary boxing scene, for top fighters such as Deontay Wilder and Vasyl Lomachenko have recently expressed resentment and even disbelief at seemingly clear losses. Campbell simply does not fall into their camp.

Everyone knew walking in that Garcia-Campbell was going to be an interesting and close match. Still, many were thoroughly surprised when Campbell sent the undefeated and powerful Garcia to the mat in the second round. The fact that Garcia rose to his feet and managed to fight his way to a stoppage win impressed many, including Campbell himself. "A week ago today," Campbell tweeted above a picture of last week's action, "still gutted but what a battle this was! The win is so important but entertaining the fans is what matters most. No padded records, this sport needs the best fighting the best. Hopefully we’ve set the tone for 2021 @KingRyanG."

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Garcia, in truth, has likewise been gracious in victory - something that's not always the case in boxing. "Nothing but respect to @luke11campbell," Garcia tweeted the day after their battle. "True warrior for life." Campbell himself has attested to the respectful relationship the men have post-fight. "After the dust had settled on our fight," Campbell tweeted earlier this week, "I got to spend some time with just Ryan and his family. No talking trash, no egos...just genuinely classy, down to earth, lovely people. As classy outside the ring as he is inside it. You will always have my respect champ @KingRyanG." The post was accompanied by pictures of the two men getting along well.

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It's hard to tell where former gold medalist Campbell will go from here. He's lost his last two fights, to Garcia and Lomachenko respectively, and has also been bested by Jorge Linares. Although he's beaten his share of good fighters, he has so far come up short when battling the sport's bigger names. Still, boxing is literally and figuratively the home of Rocky stories, and if the tale of Luke Campbell becomes one, it will have happened to a legit sportsman indeed.

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