Know some of the most successful retired boxers

Boxing is one of the riskiest sports in the world but also is one of the most popular, producing huge amounts of money and incomes for all those people who are involved in it and making boxers great superstars. But boxing is a very short career, so professional fighters must think carefully about their future and life after their last round.

A lot of boxers end their professional life with debts and economic problems, but there are some of them taking advantage of what they did as active sportsmen building amazing businesses in multiple industries like fashion, sports, entertainment, among other things, increasing their earnings in an excellent way.

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George Foreman

Nicknamed as “Big George”, Foreman is considered one of the best boxers of all times, winning 76 fights of 81 and achieving two times the heavyweight championship. At the present, he is one of the most successfully retired boxers. “Big George” is a great businessman and widely recognized reverend in the Christian church. In 1999, two years after he left boxing, Foreman sold his name rights to Salton, Inc. for $138 million dollars, who created the George Foreman Grill, an electric grill with more than 100 million of sold units worldwide. It is estimated that Foreman has earned more than $200 million dollars with the George Foreman Grill.

Besides his entrepreneur life, Foreman is a well-known minister in the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, where he preaches since 1980. Moreover, “Big George” was part of the HBO Sports’ boxing team, broadcasting some important fights in different categories.

In 2003, Foreman was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, a well-deserved recognition for his remarkable career.

Vitali Klitschko

He was born in Belovo Adskoe, Kirghiz SSR, Soviet Union. Vitali is currently the Mayor of Kiev, Ukraine and leads the Kiev City State Administration since 2014. Before his political career, Klitschko was an outstanding boxer, winning three times the heavyweight championship and achieving one of the best knock-out averages in heavyweight boxing history (87.23%). In addition, Vitali is the only heavyweight world champion who was never knocked down.

In 2006 he started his governmental career founding the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (UDAR), becoming through the years in an important political figure, announcing in 2013 a possible candidate for being the Ukrainian president.

Currently, he has a good acceptance by the people and is one of the principal figures defending the association contract between Ukraine and the European Union.

Charles Wepner

Better known as Chuck Wepner, was an unknown boxer until he had the opportunity in 1975 to fight against Mohamed Ali. After this fight, Chuck became a known heavyweight fighter. Due to his fight with Ali, Wepner inspired the movie, Rocky, starring for the famous Sylvester Stallone.

Currently, he manages a prominent liquor store called Majestic Wines and Spirits in New Jersey, where he is an expert in wines and other liquors, besides, he is invited to different events in multiple Casinos to be photographed with people and other boxing figures. In 2012, ESPN made a documentary about his fight with Ali called “The Real Rocky”.

Lennox Lewis

Called the Lion, Lennox is one of the best boxers of all times, winning the heavyweight championship three different times. He has an amazing combat record with 44 fights, 41 wins, and 2 losses. Lewis also won the golden medal in the Super-heavyweight category in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.

After his retirement, Lennox has participated in different films and music videos. In 2001 he had a boxing scene in the Ocean’s Eleven movie and in 2006 he acted in the movie Johnny was. In 2003 he appeared in the music video “All I have” with Jennifer Lopez and LL Cool J. In 2008 he was part of the NBC’s show “Celebrity Apprentice”.

Besides his participation in movies and music video clips, Lennox competed two years in the World Series of Poker.

Sugar Ray Leonard

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He is without a doubt one of the greatest fighters in boxing history, winning world titles in five different categories and achieving an incredible combat record of 36 wins and only 3 losses. In 1997 he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

After his retirement, Sugar has been boxing analysts for multiple TV channels, like ABC, ESPN, HBO, NBC and CBS. Furthermore, Leonard has participated in multiple TV commercials for different companies like Nabisco, Ford or Coca-Cola.

In 2001, Sugar started a boxing promotional company called Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing, Inc. working in a partnership with ESPN in the boxing show “Sugar Ray Leonard and ESPN 2 Presents Friday Night Fights”. Additionally, Leonard has appeared in different TV shows like Dancing with the Stars, L.A. Heat, Hell’s Kitchen, the Renegade and Married with children. He also acted in movies like The Fighter and I Spy.

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