History | Oct 30 2018

On This Day: The Rumble in the Jungle sees Muhammad Ali regain the heavyweight title with victory over George Foreman

Matt Christie takes a trip to 1974 Zaire and the night Muhammad Ali sensationally beat George Foreman
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George Foreman vs Muhammad Ali, October 30 1974, Kinshasa, Zaire

WHAT can we say about this contest that hasn’t already been said? The fight when Muhammad Ali, apparently past his best at 32, stunned the world, knocked out the seemingly invincible George Foreman in eight rounds, and regained the world heavyweight title. Ali allowed Foreman to punch himself out, introduce his outrageous Rope-A-Dope technique, and in turn, reinvent himself from fading dancer to cunning assassin. All this happened in Zaire, a faraway place few people knew. It was, and forever will be, The Rumble in the Jungle.

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