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George Foreman on Joe Louis

The assessment of heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman: “The best boxer I ever saw was Joe Louis. No one has surpassed him. Well taught and gifted competitor. There’s never been a boxer better than Joe Louis. You’d take one shot from him and you were sure he’d have seven or eight more coming for you. Certainly Muhammad Ali was the greatest man ever to fight, but not the greatest boxer. When Joe came to the ring and shook hands with me (before my defense against Ken Norton), he reached over and whispered in my ear. He said, ‘Remember you’re the champ…be cool.’ I remembered that more than anything else during that fight.”