On this day in 1976, boxing legend George Foreman knocked out Ron Lyle in the fifth round.
Foreman fought Lyle for the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) title in his first big fight since the 1974 loss to Muhammad Ali. The match turned into a slugfest for the ages: in the fourth round, Lyle was knocked down once and Foreman twice. Foreman ended up winning by 5th round KO.
Foreman later wrote in his autobiography that Lyle was the toughest opponent he ever fought.
Lyle comes out the aggressor. He throws some wild swings, lands couple. Lyle attacks Foreman’s body, continues to stay the more active fighter. Wins round. [Analysis: Foreman always started fights feeling his opponent out, then used his power once he figured out the right attack.]
Both boxers exchange jabs, fairly evenly. Foreman then lands a few strong blows with overhand rights. He then stuns Lyle with an uppercut. Bell rings minute early, saving Lyle. [Note: Why did the bell ring early? ..]