Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Retire, Please! Having Come to the Fore, Big George Should Do the Noble Thing and Go Aft

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Retire, Please! Having Come to the Fore, Big George Should Do the Noble Thing and Go Aft

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Our haywire sports world was in need of a warm, wonderful story, and George Foreman wrote the pages for the ages.

Now there's actually a way George can top the script - the one in which he knocked out young, whippersnapper Michael Moorer to become the oldest heavyweight champion at 45. And the only way Foreman can turn his deed into a true-life fairy tale is to . . . say so long.

George will never write a more perfect ending - no matter how much money is thrown at him. Everything else is risk, not romance. If Foreman hangs around and waits for Mike Tyson, I'm afraid he'll go out on his shield - a nice, noble euphemism for "stretcher."

Nobody wants to see that alarming finish, but then it's part and parcel of the game. They all stay too long after the credits roll, and George is already pushing 46. Records show that fighters don't experience happy endings.

Foreman has been smart enough to choreograph his career, remaining free from boxing's political leeches and Don King. Hopefully, he is smart enough to retire before Tyson takes the injustices of the world out on somebody's head.

Let us remember you, George, for pulling off the most marvelous and improbable feat in boxing history: He became the oldest fighter to win a title in any weight class.

Foreman did something few athletes get away with: He beat the clock. Mahogany, '57 Chevys and yogurt supposedly get better with age, not boxers.

His victory was for you, baby boomers. Two rounds from certain defeat and likely extinction as a serious challenger, Foreman, the charming dinosaur from the Ali-Frazier era, lowered the boom on Moorer. He had not run out of time, after all.

Nineteen years younger than Foreman, Moorer showed no respect while pounding his elder. He became lackadaisical - a common problem with youth - and aligned his chin with George's powerful right. Now Moorer must explain to his pals how an old man spanked him. The punch traveled a short distance, but it came all the way back from 1974. It covered ground dating to Foreman's embarrassing title loss to Muhammad Ali 20 years ago that festered into a return in 1987 and full-circle vindication. …

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