Today in Sports History: March 26

In 1974, former professional boxer George Foreman, TKO’d former professional boxer Ken Norton, in two rounds for the heavyweight boxing title in Caracas, Venezuela.

Foreman started as an amateur in boxing in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, when he won a gold medal. His career officially started when he turned professional in 1969, and within two years he was ranked as no. 1 boxer by the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council.

By 1972, he had a perfect record of 37-0 with 35 knockouts. He defended his title twice and decided to stop boxing in 1977. By 1987, Foreman decided to return to the ring almost 10 years later to the day. 

In 1994, Foreman became the oldest boxer ever to fight and maintain a heavyweight champion title. He says he let his title go in 1995 but he officially retired in 1997. He left the ring with a 76-5 overall record. 

In 2003, Foreman was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame for his incredible accomplishments and his career. He still serves within the sport of boxing as a commentator for HBO’s World Championship Boxing.

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