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October 30, 2019
It was 45 years ago that boxing legend Muhammad Ali who was 32 at the time and heavyweight champion George Foreman, 25, faced off in the historic “Rumble in the Jungle.” Foreman was knocked out in the eighth round.
On Oct. 30, 1974, at 4:30 in the morning, these two men met in the ring in Kinshasa, Zaire.The bout was Africa’s first heavyweight championship match.
The “Rumble in the Jungle” is repeatedly referred to as “arguably the greatest sporting event of the 20th century.”
This was the fight where Ali used the technique he called “rope-a-dope” where he would hang out against the ropes and use his arms to block hits until the other fighter tired. Foreman came out strong, but he began to get tired in the fifth round.
Ali had lost the heavyweight title two years prior when he was accused of draft-dodging and the boxing commission took away his license.
In 1978, Ali beat Leon Spinks to earn his third heavyweight championship.
He retired in 1981. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984. He was hospitalized in early June 2016 with a respiratory illness and died June 3, 2016, at the age of 74.\