BRUCE LEE could have become a boxing world champion, according to one of the legends of the sport George Foreman.
A book charting the life of the martial artist, ‘Bruce Lee: The Life of a Legend’, was released in 2020 on the anniversary of his death.George Foreman says watching Bruce Lee in action gave him ‘chills’[/caption]
Lee, who died in 1973 after suffering a brain injury, would have been 80 on July 20, 2020.
Foreman has revealed that watching Lee do his thing in films left him with “chills”.
And the 73-year-old claims that Lee could have made a big success in the sport where he himself became famous.
In an excerpt from the book seen by SunSport, Foreman said: “Bruce Lee was a good athlete and he could’ve been a good boxer.
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“He could have been anything. In his weight class, he would have been a boxing champion.
“I remember I was in Hawaii in 1973 and I went in to see the movie Enter the Dragon.
“When I walked out after the movie, on all my back I had chills on me!
“I was the heavyweight champion of the world, by the way, but all I could think was, wow!
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“I was in shock! He left all the audiences awestruck. Bruce Lee changed everything!”
Foreman believes Lee will continue to have “a lasting impression” even another 50 years from now for his “box-office appear and his action skills”.
He is credited with paving the way for what we know as MMA today with his founding of Jeet Kune Do – a martial art with “minimal effort with maximum effect and extreme speed”.
Foreman retired from boxing in 1997 at the age of 48 and is a two-time heavyweight champion with a record of 76 wins and five defeats.
Bruce Lee: The Life of a Legend by Fiaz Rafiq is available now in bookstores and on Amazon