FREAK Shots: The George Foremans

George Foreman named all five of his boys after himself, but only one has taken up pro boxing. I met the retired boxer and “grillionaire” at his son’s pro debut last Saturday. George III won, but in a bout that some say looked rather unevenly matched.

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I didn’t get the chance to ask him why, but in this Sports Illustrated interview, Foreman Sr. says he named his boys after himself not so they’d become boxers, but so they’d have something in common “in case they got separated or divided.”

INSERT DESCRIPTIONAnnika Mengisen George Foreman

He may also be trying to singlehandedly rescue the name’s falling popularity, especially since the first name of his most famous rival’s daughter, also a pro boxer, is surging.

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  1. Sid says:

    Its sad that people will do anything to ‘advertise’ in order to maintain their ‘market share’

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  2. Jake says:

    I hope it was an one time publicity stunt. George the III’s boxing technique looked absolutely awful.

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  3. Martin says:

    Why can’t a grown man try to make a carer for himself even if his dad is a great boxer? Even if he isn’t as good as George Sr., very few people in professional boxing are.

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  4. RUBBA says:

    Did you ask him why he did commercials for an such an awful auto service company?

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  5. Michael says:

    I saw an interview where he said that, since he never knew who his father was, he wanted there to be no doubt in case one of his sons were to grow up not knowing him.

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  6. geoffv says:

    George was a perfectly fine name. That was, of course, until we had a particularly awful president who went by it. I wonder how long it takes a name to “recover” in a given country after that country has had a terrible leader with such-and-such a name?

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  7. Mo G says:

    One of the most frightening things I ever saw was the beating that George Foreman gave to Joe Frazier in 1973. Frankly, Mr. Foreman, you can name your kid anything you want.

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