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Sun 21 Jan 2007 12:00 AM

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Grating problem

Despite refusing to sign several pairs of boxing gloves that the team and I had purchased in preparation for his arrival due to image rights and not wanting his name all over eBay (as if we’d do that?) it was fantastic to meet and greet former heavyweight champion of the world George Foreman last week.

Despite refusing to sign several pairs of boxing gloves that the team and I had purchased in preparation for his arrival due to image rights and not wanting his name all over eBay (as if we’d do that?) it was fantastic to meet and greet former heavyweight champion of the world George Foreman last week. He was all smiles and one of the friendliest and biggest celebrities the UAE has ever seen, but more importantly, one of the greatest marketers to have graced the business world. The George Foreman grill has made billions for the boxer turned health chef and good on him, but if the expectant public, waiting to hear tales of how he fought Muhammad Ali in the famous Rumble in the Jungle, have to listen to another ‘isn’t this grill great’ comment, I don’t know what they’ll do.

We applaud his foresight, business acumen and achievements but suggesting that he lost to Ali because he hadn’t been using his grill at the time is going too far. More boxing banter, less grating grill talk please, George.

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