An impoverished youth, Foreman often bullied younger children and didn’t like getting up early for school. Foreman became a mugger and brawler on the hard streets of Houston’s Fifth Ward by age 15.
Luckily, he was saved by the Lyndon B. Johnson Job Corps, a program developed to help disadvantaged kids by teaching them vocational job skills. Foreman traveled to California which is where he met Doc Broaddus, who was a Job Corps counselor and a boxing coach. It was Broaddus who encouraged Foreman to become a boxer.
Foreman got his shot at the world heavyweight championship when he fought Joe Frazier on January 22, 1973, in Kingston, Jamaica. Frazier was the favorite going into the bout, but Foreman knocked him down six times en route to a second round knockout. An unprecedented TV audience watched Foreman become the champ because the fight was HBO Boxing‘s first-ever broadcast.
Since the early 1990s, Foreman had discovered his talent for salesmanship, and by the end of the decade, he was making millions off of his appearances in infomercials marketing the George Foreman Lean Mean Grilling Machine. To date, more than 100 million of the units have sold worldwide.
Most people know George Foreman as the two-time heavyweight boxing champion of the world and successful product pitchman, but very few know that George has been an ordained minister since 1978.
In fact, since 1980, George has been the pastor of The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, in Houston, where he leads four services a week. The George Foreman Inspirational Tour is generally a one-hour program which allows George to deliver his Christian testimony to live audiences in churches and other venues across the country and around the world. This powerful program includes George’s testimony while still leaving time for George to answer questions from the audience.
To book George Foreman as the boxing speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.
When at corporate events, George is known to cover the following topics:
- How To Get Up When Life Knocks You Down
- Empowering Youth To Move Off The Ropes & Into The Ring of Success
- Selling Your Brand: The George Foreman Grill & The Healthy Eating Revolution
- The Art Of Fighting In Business & In Life