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    George Foreman-Hassan Shabazz exhibition(1989)

    Anyone know here if Hassan Shabazz really actually knocked down
    George Foreman
    in their 3 ,two minute,round exhibition at the South Mountain Arena
    in West Orange New Jersey November.14.1989?

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    Re: George Foreman-Hassan Shabazz exhibition(1989)

    Never heard that! You would think that would be bigger news. I heard the exact same story about the Mike 'The Giant' White-George Foreman exhibition, however I actually have the tape of that fight and was able to dispel that rumour pretty swiftly.

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    Re: George Foreman-Hassan Shabazz exhibition(1989)

    1989-11-15 The Times (Trenton, NJ) (page D10)
    Mercer gains decision on Jones
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    By CHRIS THORNE
    Special to The Times
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    WEST ORANGE -- ...

    Former heavyweight champion George Foreman fought three two-minute exhibition rounds against Hassan Shabazz of Hartford ...

    Foreman toyed with Shabazz and begged him to hit him with a big right hand so he could give the fans something to cheer about. Foreman went down to the canvas on one knee in the third round. He will fight Gerry Cooney Jan. 15 at Caesars Atlantic City. He will put on another exhibition in Las Vegas Dec. 2.

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    Re: George Foreman-Hassan Shabazz exhibition(1989)

    Sounds like it was staged. Shabazz was no puncher & the thought of him doing what Cooney, Morrison, Moorer, Briggs et al couldn't do is ridiculous.

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    Re: George Foreman-Hassan Shabazz exhibition(1989)

    I remember it made big enough news for the video to have been shown on
    the sports news of the various local television news at 11 across the country .
    I remember the video showing Foreman and Shabazz in close,then Foreman slowly going down to one knee.
    However the story seems to have gotten exaggerated since from
    Foreman to having been"floored' by Shabazz to Foreman having been"flattened'
    by him.

    IMOP possibly could have been a stunt by shrewd businessman Foreman,to make potential buyers of the pay-per-view fight with Cooney,to think that
    Cooney would have a better chance of KO'ing Foreman when they would meet several weeks later.
    Last edited by brutu; 02-18-2011 at 08:52 AM.

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    Re: George Foreman-Hassan Shabazz exhibition(1989)

    BTW here is some boxing trivia.
    On that same card was Tommy Morrison vs Lorenzo Canaday in a 6 rounder ,
    Sylvester Stallone was there that night to film Morrison,
    for his movie ROCKY V.
    I think the clip of Morrison vs Canaday was used in the montage
    of Tommy Gunn knocking out the various fighters in that movie.

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    Re: George Foreman-Hassan Shabazz exhibition(1989)

    George Foreman faked being knocked down in the four round exhibition
    he did with Bernardo Mercado at Fort Lewis Washington,November.16.1990.

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    Re: George Foreman-Hassan Shabazz exhibition(1989)

    Never seen or heard of a Foreman-Mercado exhibition?!

    Didn't Mercado box Larry Holmes in an exhibition alongside Quick Tillis somewhere around this period, 90, 91, in some exotic location?

    I might have dreamt that one.

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    Re: George Foreman-Hassan Shabazz exhibition(1989)

    Bernardo Mercado boxed a 5 round exhibition with Muhammad Ali
    November.14.1977 in a bullring in Bogata Colombia.
    Last edited by brutu; 02-19-2011 at 08:41 AM.

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