Foreman Puts 'Foot Down, but Forced to Go Distance

Associated Press

Former heavyweight champion George Foreman won a unanimous decision Thursday night over Everett (Big Foot) Martin in a 10-round fight.

Foreman, 19-0 since returning to boxing two years ago after a 10-year absence, knocked down Martin in the eighth round but was forced to go the distance for the first time since his comeback.

Judge Jerry Maltz gave Foreman a 99-91 edge, while Greg Hughes scored it 98-91 and Joe Garcia 97-92 for Foreman.

The 40-year-old Foreman, who weighed in at 256 pounds, is 64-2 overall with 60 knockouts.

Martin (17-8-1, 228 1/4 pounds) held his own only in one round, the seventh, connecting on several left jabs, including two at the end of the round.

Foreman started slowly but got control of the fight after the second, landing series of punches to the body and staggering Martin, 25, in the third.

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