George Foreman Defends World Heavyweight Title In Japan – September 1, 1973 (This Day In Boxing History)

By knocking out Jose Roman, George Foreman easily retained his world heavyweight title in Tokyo, Japan.

Foreman (76-5, 68 KOs) — one of the biggest names in boxing history – successfully defended his WBC and WBA world heavyweight title. Roman (54-27-4, 27 KOs) became the first Puerto Rican to challenge for the world heavyweight championship.

Foreman ended his career with a loss to Shannon Briggs, but the loss seems miniscule compared to his other accomplishments.

The current 72-year-old is now an entrepreneur, minister and author. But back in his golden boxing days, he was nicknamed “Big George.”

He is a two-time world heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist.

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