Freeda Foreman, the daughter of former heavyweight champion George Foreman, has died near Houston, according to media reports. She was 42.
Two Houston TV stations reported that Foreman was found in her home in Atascocita, Texas, which is northeast of Houston. News of her death was first reported by TMZ.com.
Freeda Foreman spent part of her childhood living in Simpsonville and had worked for UPS in Greenville as an adult.
Freeda Foreman spent part of childhood living in Simpsonville and later worked in Greenville, according to Greenville News archives. She is pictured in this Associated Press photo that ran in The Greenville News in June 2000. She died in March 2019 at age 42. (Photo: Greenville News archives)
She was 23 when she started training to become a boxer, according to an article published in The Greenville News in 2000. She made the decision to turn pro after an encouraging telephone conversation with the daughter of former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier.
"I’ve been in boxing since I came into this world," Freeda Foreman said. "Anything that’s strong and tough, it’s what I want to do. It’s something I always really loved."
George Foreman, who was a two-time heavyweight champion, was not happy about his daughter’s decision at the time.
"I asked Freeda not to do it, but I think my mom did the same with me over 33 years ago," he wrote in response to a question on his website. He reportedly offered her $15,000 not to box professionally.
After leaving the Upstate to train in Denver, Freeda Foreman fought her first bout in Las Vegas against Milwaukee hairdresser LaQuanda Landers. She knocked out Landers in the second round.
"Happy Father’s Day, Daddy. This is for you. I love you," Freeda Foreman said after she floored her opponent, according to an Associated Press article that appeared in The Greenville News.
Freeda Foreman won her next four fights 2000 and 2001. She ended her career after her first and only loss.
She was drawn to the Greenville area during several visits with her mother. Her parents had divorced when she was 12, and she initially remained in her father’s home after her mother remarried and moved to the Upstate.
As a child, Freeda Foreman lifted weights, played volleyball and ran track, according to a Greenville News article in April 2000. When she first flirted with boxing, she trained briefly under Greenville’s David Parks, whose son, Lamar Parks, was a top-ranked middleweight during the 1990s.
Freeda Foreman said in 2000 that she left Houston on an impulse and moved to teh Upstate because she liked the people, the weather and the opportunities for her and her young daughter.
"I just instantly connected with Greenville," she said.
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