Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

George Does It: Foreman Wins 45-Year-Old Kos Moorer in 10th Round

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

George Does It: Foreman Wins 45-Year-Old Kos Moorer in 10th Round

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Big Bad George Foreman huffed and puffed and knocked Michael Moorer down - and out in the 10th round.

In a real-life boxing fairy tale, Foreman, who will turn 46 on Jan. 10, won the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association titles Saturday night, 20 years and six days after he had lost the undisputed heavyweight championship to Muhammad Ali in Zaire.

Foreman appeared hopelessly beaten when he crashed home a left-right to the jaw that dropped Moorer flat on his back with his arms outstretched.

Moorer barely moved and referee Joe Cortez completed the historic countdown at 2 minutes 3 seconds.

Foreman knelt in prayer in his corner after Moorer was counted out.

Foreman, the boxer-turned-preacher-turned-actor-turned-champion, became the oldest man to win the heavyweight championship. Jersey Joe Walcott was 37 when he won the title by knocking out Ezzard Charles in 1951.

The shocking victory came in Foreman's first fight in 17 months. The last one was a decision loss to Tommy Morrison.

The long layoff caused many people to wonder if Foreman deserved a shot at the championship.

Before the fight, Foreman said, "One of these days - it may be Nov. 6 - people will be saying `He got this title shot because he deserved it.' "

They were saying it on the night of Nov. 5. And they were chanting his name and rejoicing at the MGM Grand Hotel in the wake of a truly spectacular victory.

In the excitement, Roy Foreman, the new champion's younger brother, passed out in the ring and was removed on a stretcher.

Foreman was given a puncher's chance, but as the rounds rolled by, that chance looked slimmer and slimmer. Moorer, who will turn 27 next Saturday, stayed close and took away Foreman's punching room and pounded the old-timer's face lumpy with right jabs and hooks.

Then came the deciding moment.

"He didn't see the punch coming," said Teddy Atlas, Moorer's trainer. "That was the best punch George threw all night. That's what we were afraid of."

"It's like the song `When You Wish Upon a Star,' " Foreman said. "Your dreams come true.

"I had the power. No one can take punches like that. I had to punish, punish, punish. …

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