March 17th 1977 George Foreman vs Jimmy Young – March 17th, 1977, saw former heavyweight champion George Foreman (76-5, 68 KOs) fight the last match of the first part of his career as he took on Jimmy Young (34-18-3, 11 KOs) in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The 1977 version of Jimmy Young was a skilled boxer who had beaten Ron Lyle and lost a very controversial decision to Muhammad Ali the previous year. Foreman fought cautiously early on, allowing Young to settle into the fight. Young constantly complained about Foreman pushing him, for which Foreman eventually had a point deducted by the referee, although Young was never warned for his persistent holding. Foreman badly hurt Young in round 7 but was unable to land a finishing blow. Foreman tired during the second half of the fight and suffered a knockdown in round 12 en route to losing a decision.
Here our “Killer Analyst” Frank Lotierzo gives his take on Foreman vs Young.
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