George Foreman 1968 Mexico Olympic Gold Medal winning official on-site programme also featuring John H. Stracey of England, plus Foreman's first ever trainer Doc Broadus SIGNED and INSCRIBED index card.
George Foreman aged 19 won a gold medal at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games. When he walked around the ring with an American flag following his victory, members of the black community chastised him for being an Uncle Tom, especially since two African-American athletes, Tommie Smith (gold) and John Carlos (bronze), who had competed for the United States in the 200-meter dash, had raised their black-gloved fists on the award podium as a protest during the playing of the U.S. National Anthem. Others, however, lauded him for being a patriotic American during a time of political upheaval and strife.
Defeated Lucjan Trela (Poland) 4-1
Defeated Ion Alexe (Romania) TKO 3
Defeated Giorgio Bambini (Italy) KO 2
Defeated Ionas Chepulis (Soviet Union) TKO 2
Defeated Dustin Judd (Huffman) KO 15
One seventeen-year-old boy who had been placed in a Job Corps program in Oregon. Because he was so incorrigible, he was then transferred to the Parks Job Corps Center near Pleasanton, California. One employee of the center, former boxer Charles "Doc" Broadus, taught the young man how to box. Who was this young man? Soon the entire World would know the name George Foreman.
Doc Broadus, one of boxing’s living legends, was born in Alameda, CA on October 18th, 1919. He found boxing through street fighting, and learned from Jack Blackburn, Joe Louis’ trainer. He was undefeated through 100 amateur bouts, and was the all Army lightweight champ in 1942. Doc served in the Army during World War II, and saw action in both Europe and Africa. After the war, he coached boxing in the Army. He fought professionally as well, winning his first 24 fights before his first loss, and retiring from the ring, as he puts it, ‘on his own terms.’ Doc, "The Godfather of Boxing," lives in Las Vegas, NV, currently, where he teaches kids boxing, trying to help them escape the gangs and crime he escaped as a youth.
Condition very good (slight watermark on front cover)
Born George Edward Foreman in Marshall, TX on January 10, 1949. Once a rebellious teen, "Big George" found boxing as an outlet while in the Job Corps. Foreman's successful amateur career included the 1968 National AAU heavyweight championship and the heavyweight gold medal at the 1968 Olympic Games. He turned pro in 1969 and wasted little time meeting and defeating top opposition including Gregorio Peralta and George Chuvalo. The hard-punching Foreman met heavyweight king Joe Frazier on January 22, 1973 and dispatched the champion in two rounds. He defended his title successfully twice against Jose "King" Roman (KO 1) and Ken Norton (TKO 2) before losing the title to former champion Muhammad Ali in "The Rumble in the Jungle" on October 30, 1974. Following a series of exhibition bouts, Foreman bested Ron Lyle over 5 action-packed rounds in January 1976. That year he also defeated Frazier and Scott LeDoux before dropping a 12-round decision to Jimmy Young in 1977, after which Foreman had a religious experience and retired from the ring to become an ordained minister.
But a decade later, Foreman embarked on one of the most improbable, yet successful, comebacks in sports history.
Re-entering the ring, he racked up wins over Dwight Qawi, Bert Cooper, and Gerry Cooney to earn a shot at Evander Holyfield's heavyweight title on April 19, 1991. Although he lost the decision, Foreman's outgoing personality and affable manner endeared him to sports fans. After wins over Alex Stewart and Pierre Coetzer, Foreman lost a decision to Tommy Morrison for the WBO title.
However, on November 5, 1994, the 45-year old Foreman defeated Michael Moorer to regain the heavyweight championship and became the oldest man to ever hold the crown. Foreman retired from the ring with a 76-5 (68 KOs) record following a controversial loss to Shannon Briggs in 1997. Still active in boxing, Foreman serves as expert commentator for HBO's World Championship Boxing.