Today In History: George Foreman Defeats Michael Moorer
When a 45 year old George Foreman beat Michael Moorer today in 1994, he became the oldest ever heavyweight champion. Moorer, 26, was riding high on a 35-0 winning streak when Foreman fought him at the MGM Grand in Vegas. A victorious Foreman dedicated the fight to “all my buddies in the nursing home and all the guys in jail.”
Foreman got his first major victory in boxing when he won gold in the 1968 Olympics. He went on to win 37 consecutive pro matches before beating Joe Frazier by knockout after only two rounds. The following year, in 1974, he fought his famous “Rumble in the Jungle” match against Muhammad Ali. Ali carried the match, in an upset victory. Three years later, Foreman retired from boxing to become a minister.
Ten years later, in need of money, Foreman once again stepped into the ring. He was 38. After beating Moorer for the heavyweight championship in 1994, he was soon stripped of his WBA title for refusing to fight Tony Tucker. He was also stripped of his IBF title in 1995 for refusing to fight a rematch with Axel Schulz. When he retired for good in 1997, his record stood at 76-5.
Post boxing, Foreman recast himself as a television salesman. His most famous endorsement is the George Foreman Grill, which is now as synonymous with his name as boxing.