Any sports fan has either watched, heard or read about the ‘Rumble in the Jungle.” The fight took place on October 30, 1974. The backdrop for the one of the greatest fights of all time was Mai 20 Stadium in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo). The fight was held in Zaire because Don King was still new to game and needed a sponsor so he could pay the fighters. Mobutu Sésé Seko, president of Zaire, stepped up and the rest is history.
At the time Muhammad Ali was 32 years old and determined to prove he was still “the greatest” and George Foreman was the Heavyweight Champ of the world with a 40-0 record. Only three of Foreman’s fights had actually gone the distance. Ali sat back on the defensive for most of the fight and waited for Foreman to tire out. It was an ambitious strategy that paid off. In the eighth round, Ali was backed against the ropes, came out swinging and landed one of the most memorable right-hands in the history of boxing. Check it out.
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