George Foreman vs. Ron Lyle

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1976-01-24 : George Foreman 226 lbs beat Ron Lyle 220 lbs by KO at 2:28 in round 5 of 12

  • Location: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Referee: Charley Roth
  • 17-18 17-18 18-18


  • The NABF title had been vacated by Ken Norton.
  • Foreman was a 5 to 1 favorite.
  • Foreman got $250,000 and Lyle made $140,000.
  • Foreman was rocked by an overhand right in the 1st round.
  • Lyle was hurt in the 2nd round, which was only two minutes long.
  • Lyle knocked Foreman down early in the 4th round. Foreman got up and dropped Lyle, who came back and floored Foreman again at the end of the round.
  • After being hurt early in the 5th round, Foreman backed Lyle into a corner and put him down for the count with a barrage of punches.
  • Named The Ring Fight of the Year for 1976.
  • The 4th round was named the 6th most exciting round in boxing history by The Ring in 2001.

Preceded by:
Norton vs. Quarry
NABF Heavyweight Title Fight
# 14
Succeeded by:
Foreman vs. Frazier II