Mary Joan Martelly is the wife of popular American former professional boxer George Foreman.
Boxing lovers frequently ask Who is George Foreman married to? The Olympic Gold Medalist George Foreman is currently married to Mary Joan Martelly and there is not much information about her. So, we have delved deep to know personal details of the wife of Foreman’s spouse.
Mary Joan Martelly Biography, Age, Birthday, & Nationality
|Birth Name||Mary Joan Martelly|
|Birthplace||Mon Repos village, St. Lucia (an Eastern Caribbean country)|
|Age||61 years old|
|Profession||Former Restaurant Worker,|
Former Factory Worker,
|Nationality||St. Lucian turned to American|
How old is Mary Joan Martelly?
Mary Joan Martelly is estimated to be 61 years old. Her husband Foreman is currently 71 years old who was born on January 10 of 1949.
Is Mary Joan Martelly Haitian? What is her nationality?
No, Mary Joan Martelly Foreman is not from Haiti. She is from another Caribbean country called St. Lucia.
Mary Joan Martelly Foreman’s Profession and Net Worth
Mary Joan Matelly involved in her husband’s business. In her early years, she has worked on a Chinese restaurant and a factory when she was in St. Lucia. She then moved to US to work as a nanny, and that is when she met the two-time world heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman. Now,
Her husband George Foreman has involved a lot in businesses besides his boxing career. He is also an author, actor, entrepreneur, and Minister of religion. He has a net worth of $300 million.
Mary Joan Martelly Young and Early Life
Mary was born in Mon Repos village of St. Lucia. St. Lucia is an Eastern Caribbean Island country. She was the third child among the six children of her parents. Her parents names are not revealed.
She was interested in sports from her early age and she even tried to become a professional player. Her father died at an early age and young Mary Joan Martelly had to start working to meet her family needs. She had worked in a Chinese restaurant and a factory as well in St. Lucia. After that, she moved to US and worked as a nanny.
Mary Joan Martelly and George Foreman Relationship
Mary Joan Martelly and George Foreman dated for nearly a year before getting married on 27th March of 1985. It was the same year Foreman got divorced with his wife Andrea Skeete. The couple had started dating while he was still married to Skeete.
Before marrying Joan Martelly, George Forman had four previous failed marriages. He got married to Adrienne Calhoun (mother of Michi and Goerge Foreman Jr.) on December 24, 1971 but then got divorced with her three years later on February 13 of 1974. He then got married to Cynthia Lewis on October 6, 1977 and stayed together for nearly two years before getting divorced on August 3rd of 1979. The pair did not have any children together.
After two unsuccessful marriages, George got married to Sharon Goodson on September 15 of 1981. Their marriage was short-lived and lasted for only 7 months as they eventually divorced on April 23 of 1982. They shared no children. Sharon is now engaged to TV writer Tony Colvin.
After that, his wedded fourth time and it was with Andrea Skeete on April 28, 1982. They had started dating in 1981. Their marriage ended on February 4 of 1985. She is the mother of two of George’s children – George Foreman III “Monk” and Freda George Foreman. Freda was found dead on March 29, 2019 in her home.
Mary Joan Martelly Foreman Children & Family
Mary Joan Martelly and George Foreman have five children together; two daughters – Natalie Foreman and Leola Foreman, and three sons – George Foreman IV “Big Wheel”, George Foreman V “Red”, and George Foreman VI“Little Joey”.
Besides these five children, she has seven other children- five step children born from George and his previous wives and two adopted children. Her step-daughter Freeda Foreman (boxer) was found dead on March 29, 2019. Her other step-daughters’ names are Michi Foreman and Georgetta Foreman and her step-sons names are George II and George Jr. And the adopted children’s names are Brenda Lilja Foreman, Courtney Isaac Foreman. George adopted Brenda in 2009 and Courtney in 2012.
The family of Mary Joan Martelly and George Foreman have appeared in a family-based reality show Family Foreman in 2008. It was six episodes long and showed Foreman’s life as a boxer and a father of a dozen children.
Her stepson George Foreman III (also called as Monk) and stepdaughter Free Foreman got involved professionally in boxing. Monk (born on 23rd January of 1983), used to accompany his father and worked as a color commentator. His professional heavyweight boxing career lasted for 3 years (2009 – 2012), and got a perfect 16-0 record and go retired to get involved in business.
Likewise, her stepdaughter Freeda had 5-1 record and got retired in 2001 so that she could give more time to her family. Freeda was found dead in 2019 in her home in Houston. The cause of death was announced asphyxia by hanging.
Mary Joan Martelly & George Foreman Charity Works
Mary Joan Martelly has a very soft side and she has been involved a lot in various charities. She has involved in many AIDS awareness campaigns along with her husband George. She awares children about AIDS and the prevention methods of pediatric AIDS, specially in the regions of Houston and St. Lucia. And their works were rewarded in 2007 at an event.
Mary & Her Husband George Retirement Call off News
Rumors say Joan Martelly was the reason to hold George from coming back from the retirement in 2004.
In 2004, Geroge Foreman shocked the world by announcing he wanted to come back in the ring. He was 55 at that time and chose Jamaican-Canadian boxer Trevor Berbick as his fighting opponent. But the fight never happened and it is though that his wife Mary Joan Martelly was the reason for it. She never liked this idea and strongly objected to this idea.
Some Facts about Her Husband George Foreman
George Edward Foreman was born on January 10, 1949. He is an American former professional boxer who was nicknamed as “Big George”. He was involved in professional boxing between 1969 and 1997 in which he took a decade break to get involved in his business.
George Foreman was world heavyweight champion for two times and won the Gold Medal in Summer Olympics of of 968 in Mexico City. He has fought in The Rumble in the Jungle a historic boxing event with Muhammad Ali which is said to be the most iconic sporting event of 20th century. Two movies – “Don King: Only in America” and “When We Were Kings” were based on his famous The Rumble in the Jungle fight with Ali in Zaire. An American hip-hop group The Fugees also sang a song “The Hours” in the the honor of the event. Many other artists also honored the vent in their own way.
In his career, he has fought against Muhammad Ali Ken Norton, Jimmy Young, Joe Frazier, Evander Holyfield, Shannon Briggs, and more.
He retired twice, once in 1977 unofficially and did not fight for ten years. But, he returned in 1987 and retired twelve years later in 1999 after losing to Briggs.
In 1990, Foreman earned $12.5 million for a match against Evander Holyfield. But what actually made him fortune was his naming rights that he sold to a grill company of Spectrum Brands for $200 million. The grill company was then named as George Foreman Grill.
Peeking at his early years, he was born on January 10, 1949 in Marshall, Texas. He left the school in teen age and joined “Job Corps” and moved to Pleasanton. His idol was Jim Brown and he loved to play football and desired to become a profession footballer. But, as he grew, he clearly where his success is.