George Foreman Quits HBO

05.12.03 - Chris Askov: Former heavyweight champion George Foreman is retiring from his role as a boxing analyst for HBO after a 12 year run. Big George explained his sudden retirement is due to a desire to spend more time with his wife and 10 children (many of whom are named George). According to a press release issued by Salton Inc., the company responsible for the wildly popular George Foremen Grills, the former champ has no plans to quit his job as a pitch man for the company. Foreman is also a busy preacher in his hometown of Houston, Texas. HBO Sports chief Ross Greenburg released this statement: "George Foreman is a special person. We've gotten to know him as a world championship prizefighter, commentator and friend. His contributions to HBO Sports have been enormous. While it appears that George's plans do not include working as a boxing commentator any longer, the door is always open for him to be involved with the HBO Sports family in any capacity he would like to pursue."

In the ring, Foreman amassed 76 wins against only 5 defeats with an astonishing 68 big KOs. Over his career, Foreman was recognized as the heavyweight champ of the world on two individual occasions, twenty years separates his two championship reigns. After his triumphant comeback ended, Foreman joined Jim Lampley and Larry Merchant at the HBO boxing announce table.

Article posted on 05.12.2003

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