Boxing Legend George Foreman Recalls a Funny Moment With Muhammad Ali

Published 01/05/2021, 11:21 AM EST
American Heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali), training in his gym, 21st May 1965. (Photo by Harry Benson/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)


Heavyweight stalwarts- George Foreman and Muhammad Ali had an intense rivalry back in their prime when the two were constantly compared with each other.

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The rivalry was at its peak in their heavyweight championship fight in 1974, which was billed as ‘The Rumble In the Jungle’. The pair collided inside the ring and gave us one of the most intriguing boxing clashes of all time.

The rivalry was real and filled with bad-blood as both wanted to vanquish the other. Although Muhammad Ali won the fight via an 8 round KO, George Foreman also had his moments in the fight.

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71-year-old ‘Big George’ recently recalled their days from the past, taking to Twitter and sharing an incident that might allure every boxing fan.

A netizen enquired about Muhammad Ali’s antics and asked whether he had tried to get under Foreman’s skin. To that, Big George revealed an interaction with Ali’s father and how he had later advised Ali to be nicer.

Foreman tweeted, “I always enjoyed Muhammad, something kiddish about him. His dad once told me “ George they don’t give me anything” so I said to Ali, ya dad said you don’t give him, I said be nicer, we both laughed cause we knew about family hahahaha.”

George Foreman and Muhammad Ali- A look back at their feud

Both Ali and Foreman ended their careers as legends. Ali ended his career with 56 wins and 5 losses. Meanwhile, Foreman ended his career with 76 wins and 5 losses.

But during their in-ring collision, it was Ali who outshone Foreman. The primary rounds saw Foreman landing haymakers on Ali, and he was clearly dominating the fight.

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But after the sixth round, Ali channeled his best game and took out Foreman with a vicious knockout in round eight that saw ‘Big George’ stumble on feet. It remains a major win for Ali and the only KO loss in Foreman’s career.

46 years later, we continue to discuss the fight and will keep doing it for years to come. How would you rank Ali’s performance over Foreman from his long list of opponents?

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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