Before George Foreman was known for being the face of the "Lean Mean Fat Reducing Grilling Machine," he was one of the greatest Heavyweight Boxing Champions to ever lace on a pair of gloves. He was also the Heavyweight boxing gold medalist in the 1968 Olympic Games.
But did you know the first time Foreman ever entered a boxing ring was when he was a student in the Job Corps in Pleasanton? Not only that, when he turned pro, he moved to Hayward and trained in Oakland along side the Heavyweight Champion of the world, the great Sonny Liston.
When Foreman started his pro career, he averaged fighting more than once a month for three years, knocking out the majority of his competition inside of three rounds with several first round knockouts. His record started with 26 wins, 0 losses, with 23 knockouts.
Who knew this boxing legend started out in two cities that I am quite attached to...