Highlights of the epic fight between two legendary heavyweight champions, Muhammad Ali and Big George Foreman!
Known as “The Rumble in the Jungle”, Muhammad Ali takes on George Foreman on 30th October 1974, in the Republic of Congo (known as Zaire at that time). It was a historic boxing event, as some have called it "arguably the greatest sporting event of the 20th century”. This fight is also considered to be one of the greatest upsets in boxing history.
George Foreman came into this fight undefeated with a record of 40 wins with 37 wins by knockout, while Ali came in with 44 wins with 31 wins by knockout and 2 defeats against Joe Frazier and Ken Norton. Prior to this fight, Foreman had three huge victories via knockouts in 2 rounds or less against Jose Roman, Ken Norton and most notably over Joe Frazier where Foreman knocked Frazier down six times en route to a shocking stoppage. Frazier had previously upset Muhammad Ali in 1971, knocking Ali down with a classic left hook to earn a 15 round decision.
Although Ali had avenged his 2 losses to Frazier and Norton prior to facing Foreman, many still believed that Foreman in his prime would overwhelm Ali who was showing signs of decline as Foreman was at his most destructive physical prime at that point.
This is also due to the fact that Foreman dominated Frazier was a 3.5 to 1 betting favorite in less than 2 rounds, many believed that Foreman would knock Ali out as Foreman was known for his tremendous punching power, due to his 37 knockout victories while Ali was considered to be on a decline. Frazier was considered to be the best heavyweight in the sport at that time, after handing Ali’s his first defeat in a fight billed as “Fight of the Century” in 1971.
Foreman was making the third defense of his WBC and WBA heavyweight titles going into the fight, and was a 4-1 betting favorite against Ali. This is the first and perhaps the finest exhibition of Ali’s legendary rope-a-dope tactic.
Ring Magazine named The Rumble in the Jungle as the Fight of the Year and its Round 8 the Round of the Year in 1974.
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