History | Nov 05 2019

On This Day: George Foreman regains the world heavyweight title at the age of 45

James Slater tells the story of Michael Moorer being the wrong end of George Foreman's punch of the ages
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DUBBED “One For The Ages,” Michael Moorer vs George Foreman took place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on November 5, 1994 and not only were the WBA and IBF belts on the line, the lineal title was also at stake; Moorer having become “The man who beat the man,” with his April 1994 upset win over Evander Holyfield.

26-year-old Moorer was unbeaten at 35-0 at the time of his maiden title defence and he had made history with the points win over Holyfield, becoming the first ever southpaw heavyweight champion. 45-year-old Foreman was 72-4 and he was seeking some history making of his own; that of becoming the oldest man to ever hold the world heavyweight crown.

Foreman was only a slight betting underdog according to the Vegas bookmakers, who had Moorer as a 2-1 favourite to retain his belts. However, in terms of expert opinion, “Big” George was a huge outsider – as HBO commentator Larry Merchant put it, “George was a gazillion-to-one to win this fight.”