By Scott Gilfoid: With David Haye (22-1, 21 KOs) looking as if he’s possibly on the verge of taking on IBF/WBC heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko at some point in 2009, I wondered what Haye might have done if he had fought one of the heavyweight divisions’ greatest knockout threats, George Foreman, in the prime of his career around the time that he took out Joe Frazier in a 2nd round TKO on January 22nd, 1973.
By William Mackay: While watching former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield struggle last Saturday night in a losing effort to WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev, I couldn’t help but compare the 46-year-old Holyfield to the 45year-old George Foreman, who on November 5th, 1994, he stopped IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Michael Moorer to recapture the heavyweight title 20 years after losing it to Muhammed Ali in 1974.
By Jason Kim: I’ve always been a big fan of boxing and especially the heavyweight division. There’s nothing better than to sit down on occasion and watch a good heavyweight bout on HBO or Showtime on the rare occasions that they have a decent fight scheduled. However, it seems that less and less often there’s a fight worth watching. That’s not the network’s fault but rather than lack of good quality fighters. When I look at the cast of characters that inhabit the heavyweight division nowadays, I’m less than pleased. With fighters like Wladimir Klitschko, Samuel Peter and Ruslan Chagaev holding titles, all decent fighters, it’s hard to get excited about the division.
They’re all good fighters in their own way, but none of them are close to being in the class of a George Foreman (76-5, 68 KOs) in terms of power, knockout ability or star power. Perhaps the closest thing to it, I guess, would be Wladimir Klitschko, but he doesn’t fight hard most of the time, throw his punches with the same intensity or have the same take no prisoners approach to fighting that a young Foreman showed. Peter, the WBC heavyweight belt holder, is a lot more aggressive, tending to throw ever punch with knockout intentions.
I’ve always wondered how a young George Foreman would have done in this a day and age against the mostly Eastern European fighters. For the sake of this discussion, I’m pitting a prime 24 year-old George Foreman against the current heavyweight champions Wladimir Klitschko, Sultan Ibragimov, Ruslan Chagaev, Samuel Peter and Oleg Maskaev. At 24, Foreman was perhaps at his peak physically, a period in which he destroyed Joe Frazier in two brutal rounds, knocking him down six times in the process.