A Look Back At George Foreman Becoming The Oldest Heavyweight Champ
November 5th, 1994 was an important day for boxing and an important day for George Foreman. It’s the day he finalized his comeback by becoming the oldest heavyweight boxing champion.
Foreman, who was 45-years-old at the time, defeated competitor Michael Moorer, who was 26 years old, in a 10 round Las Vegas bout at the iconic MGM Grand Hotel. Moorer was defending a 35-0 record and ending up losing the match in front of a crowd of 12,000 spectators. Foreman dedicated the heavyweight championship to “all my buddies in the nursing home and all the guys in jail.”
His comeback in boxing started when he was 38 years old. He’d been out of the ring since he lost to an older Muhammad Ali during the famous 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” match. To make the win even more legendary, Foreman wore the same red trunks he had on when he lost to Ali all those years ago.
Foreman ended up retiring from boxing with a lifetime record of 76-5. Outside of the boxing ring, he has five sons, all named George, and five daughters, one of whom is named Georgetta. He has become even more of a household name and enormously wealthy as an entrepreneur and TV pitchman for a variety of products, including the hugely popular George Foreman Grill.