George Edward Foreman, popularly known as ‘Big George’, enjoyed a long, illustrious boxing career, winning seventy-six of his eighty-one fights, including sixty-eight by knockout. Foreman first won the world heavyweight title – in fact, the World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA) titles – in January, 1973, with a second-round technical knockout of the hitherto unbeaten Joe Frazier. He defended the title twice, before suffering his first, and most famous, professional loss, when knocked out by Muhammad Ali in the eighth round of the so-called ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ in Kinshaha, Democratic Republic of the Congo in October, 1974.
Foreman retired from boxing, the the first time, in 1977, but returned to the ring a decade later. After two unsuccessful attempts to regain the world heavyweight title, against Evander Holyfied in 1991 and Tommy Morrison in 1993, he finally did so, at the age of 45, when knocking out Michael Moorer in the tenth round in Las Vegas, home of usa casinos, in November, 1994.
Foreman fought his eighty-first, and final, professional bout against Shannon Briggs at Trump Taj Majal Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey on in November, 1997. Despite dominating the fight for long periods, 48-year-old Foreman was unable to knock out his 25-year-old opponent and Briggs was awarded a highly controversial majority decision. Judge Steve Weisfeld scored the fight a draw, at 114-114, but relatively inexperienced judges Calvin Claxton and Larry Layton scored the fight 112-116 and 113-117, respectively, in favour of Briggs. His fortuitous pay packet no doubt made even best payout online casinos look modest. Interviewed a year later, Larry Hazzard, commissioner of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, acknowledged widespread criticism of the decision.