Before the official weigh-in for the Evander Holyfield-George Foreman heavyweight championship fight, a reporter complained
about how cold the Trump Plaza showroom was."Why do they always hold these things in a meat locker?" he asked.
"That makes it a perfect place to weigh in George Foreman," another replied.
The 42-year-old Foreman weighed in Wednesday night at 257 pounds, 49 more than Holyfield, for his bid to become the oldest man to win a world title in any weight class, Friday night at the Convention Center.
"It's a little light," Foreman joked after his weight was annonced. "I thought I'd be 265.
"I've got to eat it up. I'm going out to have dinner - revenge on the restaurant."
Only one man has weighed more than Foreman for a heavyweight championship.
That was Primo Carnera, who weighed 2601/2 when he won the title from Jack Sharkey on June 29, 1933. In three defenses, Carnera weighed 270, 2631/4 and 2591/2.
Foreman will be the second straight opponent with a paunch for Holyfield, whose weight is identical to what he carried when he won the title from James "Buster" Douglas on a third-round knockout last Oct. 25.
Douglas was badly out of shape at 246, although previous bouts had proven his best fighting weight was around 230. He weighed 2311/2 when he upset Mike Tyson.
Foreman decided early in his comeback that at his age it would be wiser for him to be paunchy than sleek. He weighed 2171/2, 2191/2, 2243/4 and 220 in four title fights when he was champion in 1973-74.
This will be the 12th straight time in his 25-fight comeback that Foreman has weighed more than 250.
The least Foreman has weighed in his comeback was 234 for his seventh-round knockout of Dwight Muhammad Qawi on March 19, 1989. Foreman said he didn't feel comfortable at that weight.
"I think he's in top condition," said Archie Moore, Foreman's 77-year-old trainer-guru. "He couldn't be in any better condition."
Foreman's thinking on his eating habits and weight is, "If it ain't broken, don't fix it."
It should be noted, however, that none of his previous 24 comeback opponents, 23 of whom he knocked out, could match Holyfield's super physical conditioning or his ability.
The weight difference between Foreman and Holyfield is the sixth greatest in heavyweight championship history. The biggest is the 86-pound advantage Carnera, 270, held when he outpointed Tommy Loughran in 1933.
Tale of the tape
The tale of the tape for the undisputed heavyweight title fight between Evander Holyfield and George Forman Friday at Trump Plaza Hotel, Atlantic City, N.J.:
Holyfield Stats Foreman
27 Age 42
208 Weight 257
6-2 1/2 Height 6-4
771/2 Reach 79
43 Chest (normal) 48
45 Chest (expanded) 50
16 Biceps 17
12 1/2 Forearm 143/4
32 Waist 381/2
22 Thigh 281/2
13 Calf 20
19 1/2 Neck 18
7 1/2 Wrist 12
12 1/2 Fist 131/2
10 Ankle 13