‘I Heard Bells & Whistles While Body Collapsed’: Boxing Legend George Foreman Recalls the Scariest Knockout He Has Suffered

Published 05/25/2022, 5:30 AM EDT

George Foreman was one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. As a professional boxer; in 81 matches, he had 76 wins and 5 losses. Along with that, at the 1968 Olympics, he also won the gold medal in the heavyweight boxing division. He was also the oldest champion in the sport’s history when he regained the heavyweight title at the age of 45.

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Foreman has faced some of the biggest names in boxing, like Joe Frazier, Evander Holyfield, and Tommy Morrison during his career. And out of the five losses, he has faced only one that came by a knockout. Foreman has suffered his only knockout loss to arguably the greatest boxer ever, Muhammad Ali. 

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This bout was named the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ and it ended with Muhammad Ali stopping George Foreman in round eight.

George Foreman recalls the knockout

George Foreman seemed to recall this incident when he took to Twitter and shared his experience.

He wrote, “Two things I will never forget about my Boxing career; How hard I could hit ( not proud of the first part) and how hard I was punched. I heard bells & Whistles while body collapsed”.

Fans react to Foreman’s tweet.

Foreman’s fans also replied to the tweet praising the boxer’s legendary career.

Foreman got a lot of fans appreciating him by coming out and sharing their favorite moments of Foreman’s career.

George Foreman gets knocked out at ‘Rumble In The Jungle’

This was an event that completely changed the face of boxing. Coming into the fight, Foreman was the heavyweight champ at that time and was more favored to win the fight. Meanwhile, Ali was coming into the fight just after his suspension for refusing induction into the U.S. Army. He came in as the big underdog, gunning to regain his world titles. He faced Foreman, right in his prime, undefeated and seemingly unstoppable.

Ali knocked out Foreman in the eighth round with a flurry of punches on an exhausted Foreman who literally collapsed. The loss was the first in Foreman’s professional career and he was never again knocked out in his career.

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Foreman the hard hitter

George Foreman also recalled his knockout power in the tweet, which he was also famously known for. He was one of the most dynamic and powerful boxers in the heavyweight division during his prime. The first time he won the professional heavyweight belt was by knocking out Joe Frazier in Kingston, Jamaica on Jan 22, 1973.

He retired in 1977, although he then came back into the sport in 1988 and captured the heavyweight title once again; beating Michael Moorer in 10 rounds at Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 5, 1994. Foreman retired from boxing for the final time in 1997 and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2003.

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Sahil Sood

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Sahil Sood is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication and has a keen interest in the sweet science of boxing. His journey in boxing began when he first saw highlights of Mike Tyson as a teenager and then followed the rise of Floyd Mayweather Sahil is an avid fan of Tyson Fury and Vasiliy Lomachenko and strongly believes that Lomachenko is pound for pound the best boxer in the world.

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