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George Foreman's Second Chance

The boxing legend, ordained minister, and 'King of the Grills' talks about the power of forgiveness.

When we last spoke to boxing great George Foreman in 2003 he told us about the amazing, life-changing experience he had in 1977 after his big match with boxer Jimmy Young. While in the locker room after the fight--which he lost--he said he had died and gone to a dark place from which he was ultimately rescued by the grace of God. Shortly after that incident, he gave his life over to God and became a Christian minister. Now he has a new memoir, "God In My Corner" which explores his spiritual transformation and the dark period of his life before he experienced God's grace (he had considered hiring hit men to kill his enemies). Foreman also says that the "Rumble in the Jungle"—the 1974 fight in Zaire in which he lost his heavyweight title to Muhammad Ali--was one of the best things that ever happened to him.

Although Foreman is said to have made over $150 million from his popular line of grills, he continues to preach, as he has for years, at The Church of Lord Jesus Christ in Houston, Texas, and is currently a judge on ABC's "American Inventor." He spoke to Beliefnet recently about reading the Bible with Muhammad Ali, his favorite answered prayer, and whether he'll be making another comeback to boxing. After you finish reading the interview, click through our gallery of personal photos from George Foreman.

George Foreman and Muhammad Ali read the Bible together in 1984. Click on the photo to view more from Foreman's personal collection.
When Beliefnet interviewed you a couple of years ago, you spoke about your spiritual experience after your match with boxer Jimmy Young in 1977 [Young won by knockout]. You said that [after the fight] you had the experience of dying and going to a really dark, scary place.  Can you tell us about it?  Do you think it was hell?

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