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Sports motivational speaker for hire George Foreman is a world champion boxer, author, ordained minister and successful entrepreneur. As a boxer, George fought in memorable bouts against the biggest names in the history of the sport including the late Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali. He is an Olympic Gold Medalist, 2-Time Heavyweight Champion and set the record at age 45 as the oldest Heavyweight Champion in boxing history. Following his stellar boxing career, George found equal success as an entrepreneur introducing his famous line of signature George Foreman Grills which have sold over 100 million units worldwide. He now travels the country as one of the most beloved and endearing sports keynote speakers for corporate conferences and business events.

George is open and honest about his troubled childhood and says that joining the Lyndon B. Johnson Job Corps was key in redirecting his life away from the streets. George later moved from his hometown of Marshall, Texas to Pleasanton, California and began training at a local gym to become a professional boxer. He won his first amateur fight in January of 1967 and won a Gold Medal at the 1968 Olympic Games just a little over a year later. George was a knockout king, overpowering his opponents with sheer size and strength.

He went pro in 1969 and won all 13 fights he participated in, 11 of them by knockout. By the end of 1971, he had amassed an undefeated record of 32-0 with 29 knockouts. George won his first Heavyweight title bout against Joe Frazier in 1973 by technical knockout. Many sports fans remember this fight by the Howard Cosell’s famous call, “Down Goes Frazier! Down Goes Frazier!” Just 2 years later, he defended his title against Muhammad Ali in what was known as the Rumble in the Jungle. Muhammad improvised with his now famous Rope-a-Dope tactic and was the first boxer ever to defeat Foreman.

He stopped fighting in 1977 after a near death experience following a bout against Jimmy Young and became a born-again Christian and ordained minister. A few years later, George founded the George Foreman Youth and Community Center which provides a safe place for kids who needed positive direction in their life. George returned to boxing in 1987 in order to raise additional funds for the center after seeing how instrumental it had become in nurturing the next generation. At 38, George still had it and rattled off 24 consecutive wins, 22 by knockout. After another brief stint away from the ring, George defeated defending Heavyweight Champion Michael Moorer in 1994 and defended his title in several more fights before retiring from the sport in 1997 with a career record of 76-5.

During his time away from boxing, George realized he had natural talent as a salesman and created his own line of grills that became an instant hit thanks to a slew of popular infomercials he appeared in. George was also a top celebrity spokesperson for Meineke Car Care Centers who he helped grow to over 1,000 franchises while working for the company. His other successful business ventures include a line of environmentally safe cleaning products, special shoes to help prevent amputations for diabetics, and a restaurant called UFood Grille.

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