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Newz Forum: BOXING: Foreman Says Comeback Will Be Adventure

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posted on Feb, 28 2004 @ 02:03 PM
Associated Press - February 26, 2004

LAS VEGAS (AP) - George Foreman built a lucrative second career making fun of his waistline and love of hamburgers.

He insists he's not joking about his latest comeback attempt at the age of 55.

``I need an adventure in my life,'' Foreman said. ``At 55, it's time to do it.''

That adventure will take place on Foreman's terms, assuming he can get down in weight and get boxing regulators in some state to allow him to fight.

It won't be against Mike Tyson, or fellow geriatric fighter Larry Holmes. He has no plans to fight a top heavyweight or try for another title.

Foreman wants one fight, on live network television against a decent fighter outside of the top 10 to prove a point to himself and his fans.

``It won't be a senior tour,'' Foreman said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday night. ``I don't want to meet up with guys like Larry Holmes and all of that. I don't want a circus, although it will be a circus. I want a competitive fight.''

Foreman denied promoter Don King's claim that he had agreed to a $20 million deal for a comeback fight. Foreman fought only once for King, when he lost the heavyweight title 30 years ago in a big upset to Muhammad Ali in Zaire.

``I'm still looking for the half-million he was going to give me in Africa,'' Foreman said. ``Everybody says they have a verbal deal because I laugh at everything they say.''

Foreman, who made millions in the ring and many more millions selling hamburger grills, said he would take $7 million for the fight if it could be shown on network television.

``I really want it on free TV because I want the world to see it,'' Foreman said. ``I want it to be an extravaganza.''

Foreman says he has no timetable for the comeback fight, other than losing about 40 pounds to get down to 225, the weight at which he thinks he should fight.

He was 260 for his last fight, in 1997 against Shannon Briggs, and he hasn't been 225 or below for 28 years, when he stopped Joe Frazier in the fifth round of their second bout.

``I got down to 229 with (Dwight Muhammad) Qawi (in 1988), though they announced 235,'' Foreman said. ``But I didn't like the way I felt, so I got big purposely. This time, though, I want to go down and box and show skills.''

Foreman, who became the oldest heavyweight champion ever when he stopped Michael Moorer in November 1994 at the age of 45, said he's more interested in the adventure than any money he can make.

Since retiring, Foreman has worked as a commentator for HBO. He's quitting that, though, and his last show is Saturday night when Jesus Chavez defends his 130-pound title against Erik Morales in Las Vegas.

``A lot of people want me to sit and eat the hors d'oeuvres, drive my Ferrari to the Krogers and come back home to be overjoyed my stock is doing well,'' Foreman said. ``You get to be 55 and are you still an American who can dream? I'm a dreamer, and this is another dream.''

posted on Feb, 28 2004 @ 03:33 PM
Age always takes it's toll on boxers. BUT, if Forman, a heavier hitter than Tyson in his prime, ever catches his opponent, lights out.


posted on Feb, 28 2004 @ 05:03 PM
yea he was a big hitter but look at how ali beat him in the rumble in the jungle

posted on Feb, 28 2004 @ 06:32 PM
There is no one around now that could take that kind of a beating, exept Forman, maybe. He may use the rope-a-dope to his advantage.


posted on Feb, 28 2004 @ 06:39 PM
Foreman is no mug,he has seen the state of the heavyweight division and knows he has a shot against some of these guy's.

posted on Feb, 28 2004 @ 07:55 PM

Originally posted by TRD
Foreman is no mug,he has seen the state of the heavyweight division and knows he has a shot against some of these guy's.

With Lewis gone the Heavyweight division is lacking in star power. I dont know if Foreman, at his age, can really be competitive in the division. I guess we'll have to wait and see. There's one Heavyweight out there that Im really impressed with, and his name is Dominick Guinn.

posted on Feb, 29 2004 @ 09:04 AM
I just don't want to see Forman humiliated like Joe Louis was in his later years, throwing a pall over his career.


posted on Feb, 29 2004 @ 11:52 AM
He definalty needs to lose weight

posted on Feb, 29 2004 @ 12:45 PM
Well i will be watching it when he does,it will be interesting to see who they pitch him up against.

Do you think it will be this year?

posted on Feb, 29 2004 @ 12:58 PM
I hope so, he isn't getting any younger.


posted on Mar, 3 2004 @ 01:46 PM
It sure will be interesting to see him fight again,i'm hoping he wins and then finally decides to retire for good!

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