After losing eight of the first nine rounds, George Foreman last night set the boxing world on its ear and Michael Moorer on his back to become at 45 the oldest world heavyweight champion with a 10th-round knockout.
Foreman, 45, won the IBF and WBA titles 20 years and six days after he had lost the undisputed heavyweight championship to Muhammad Ali in Zaire.
For Moorer, the improbable end came at 2:03 of the 10th round.
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.
Foreman appeared hopelessly beaten before 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 two minutes, three seconds.
Foreman knelt in prayer in his corner after Moorer was counted out.
The WBC portion of the crown is held by Oliver McCall and Foreman’s stunner presents an opportunity for a unification bout of unprecedented proportions.
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 (Foreman) got this title shot because he deserved it.”