George Foreman
Lot 11
Hublot. The unique George Foreman WBC chronograph wristwatch King Power, Ref:703.OM.0218.HR.WBC12
Sold for US$ 100,000 inc. premium
Lot Details
Hublot. The unique George Foreman WBC chronograph wristwatch
King Power, Ref:703.OM.0218.HR.WBC12
Satin-finished 18ct King Gold case (48 mm diameter) with black ceramic bezel held by 6 black PVD titanium screws, glazed exhibition back held by 6 screws, crystal with WBC logo transfer and George Foreman signature, 18ct King Gold crown with black rubber insert and chronograph pushers in black PVD, equipped with HUB4100 automatic chronograph movement (252 components) with 42 hours power reserve and cut out rotor, satin-finished gilt dial, applied gilt baton hour markers baton hands with green luminescent, chronograph hand with Hublot logo, three subsidiary dials for running seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours. On the 30 mm subsidiary dial, the first 3 mm in red represent a boxing round. Date aperture between 4 and 5, fitted strap in Porosus Hornback green alligator and spare black rubber strap with black stitching, titanium micro-blasted black PVD deployant clasp with decorative gold plate; case, dial and movement signed.

Footnotes

  • Revered as one of the top 10 heavyweights, George Foreman, was born in Marshell, Texas on January 10th, 1949. From a young age, George channeled his natural power, energy and enormous strength into boxing, an opportunity provided by the Job Corps.

    When he was 19, he won the Olympic gold medal in Mexico, 1968. A year later, he made his professional debut, winning by KO against Donald Walheim in the third round.

    On January 22nd, 1973, George had the opportunity to face heavyweight champion Joe Frazier in Jamaica, whom he repeatedly knocked down, achieving a spectacular KO, to capture the WBC Crown. After several successful defenses against rivals, including a two round KO of Ken Norton, in 1974 he faced Muhammad Ali, in the legendary battle, The Rumble in the Jungle. In the broiling heat, he was knocked out in eight absorbing rounds.

    The loss to Ali kept Foreman away from boxing for almost two years. By 1976, after decisively defeating depression, George faced Ron Lyle in a "give and take" war. George showed his, "Who wants it most," desire by climbing off the canvas twice to bludgeon heavy-handed Lyle to defeat in a wild barnstormer slugfest. After his loss to Jimmy Young, George fell ill, and experienced an epiphany in which he answered God's call for him to follow Jesus Christ. George obeyed and became an ordained pastor.

    Ten years later, at age 38, Foreman returned to boxing with a more charismatic and positive attitude. George faced Steve Zouski, Terry Anderson, Mike Jameson and Evander Holyfield, among others. No other man has lost a world title, and then almost twenty years later, won it back through such a spectacular KO. Against southpaw Michael Moorer, 45 years young, BIG George did just that! Wearing the same trunks in which he had fought Ali, George, who stood between rounds, was repeatedly beaten to the punch. But in the tenth round, the culmination of months of practicing on a heavy bag in his home late at night came to fruition. George set up Michael with a left, then dropping an anvil right on the point of his jaw. In that November 1994 bout, George defeated a man 19 years his junior and became the greatest evergreen heavyweight champion of all time!

    George Foreman fought his last ring fight, on November 22nd, 1997 against Shannon Briggs. Since then, the former world champion, has managed his own line of grills, clothes and is a savvy and astute boxing commentator on major U.S. television networks.
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