George Foreman vs Muhammad Ali
George Foreman defends the Heavyweight Championship of the World for the third time against former Champion, Muhammad Ali. Ali at 32, had been given little change against the fearsome puncher who had knocked out both Frazier and Norton, whom both had beaten ali in the past, in 2 rounds. The fight took place in Kinshasa, Zaïre (todays Congo), and was put together by promotor Don King. This is considered by many as the most significent fight of Muhammad Alis career. The fight was called Fight of the Year for 1974.
Their records at the time
George Foreman: 40-0
Muhammad Ali: 44-2
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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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Watch one of the most well documented fights of all time between Heavyweight World Champion George Foreman and Muhammad Ali in what would be billed as "The Rumble in the Jungle". More info below...
The Rumble in the Jungle and The Thrilla in Manilla are without a doubt the two most famous boxing fights of all time. They transcended boxing and even people who were not fans of the fistic sport have heard or know about these encounters. The Rumble in the Jungle is not a fight filled with boxing skill per say but actually 1 boxer getting the hell beaten out of him and yet coming out on top almost unscathed (at the time) against all odds. It was one of the most unexpected outcomes of any world title fight and a testament to just how great the 1970's era of boxing was. It's also hard to imagine knowing how the fight ended and what Ali was still to go on and achieve in his career, that Ali was actually the underdog in this fight and given almost no chance of winning...
George Foreman at the time of this fight was undefeated with 40 wins, 37 by knockout and a majority of those occurring in the first 3 rounds. In 1971 George Foreman stopped Gregorio Peralta in the 10th round to win the vacant NABF Heavyweight title and in 1972 he beat Miguel Angel Paez to add the Pan America Heavyweight title to his waist. These achievements were far out-shadowed however by his demolishing of Joe Frazier in 1973 when he stopped Smokin' Joe in the 2nd round to win the WBC and WBA World Heavyweight titles. He defend the titles against Jose Roman by 1st round KO and then Ken Norton by 2nd round KO. Foreman had cleaned out the heavyweight division on his way to the top and was seen as invincible. He was one of the heaviest hitters to ever lace gloves, undefeated in 40 fights and still only 25 years old. He was the clear standout favorite to win against Muhammad Ali even though he was not the most liked...
Muhammad Ali went into exile in 1967 following his refusal to fight in the Vietnam war and had to give up his World Heavyweight title. When he returned in 1970 the boxing landscape had changed and now Joe Frazier was World Heavyweight champion. Muhammad Ali was quickly given a shot at the new World Champ however much to every-bodies surprise Frazier would pull off the upset and win a 15 round unanimous decision. Although Ali would bounce back with wins against Jimmy Ellis, Mac Foster, George Chuvalo, Jerry Quarry, Floyd Patterson, Ken Norton and Joe Bugner among others, the Ali of the 70's was not the same quick footed bouncing Ali of the 1960's and his wins were not seen as anywhere near as impressive as Foreman's.
Please sit back and enjoy one the most famous fights in history, and if you have yet to watch it, you are in for a treat!
You can also check out the "Thrilla in Manilla" on my channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdUiy2JrWqo
The Rumble in the Jungle was a historic boxing event in 1974 in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo). Held at the 20th of May Stadium on the morning of October 30, 1974, it pitted the undefeated world heavyweight champion George Foreman against challenger Muhammad Ali, a former heavyweight champion. Ali won by knockout, putting Foreman down just before the end of the eighth round. It has been called "arguably the greatest sporting event of the 20th century".
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Track taken from the When We Were Kings motion picture soundtrack. Guests: Busta Rymes, Q - Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Forte. Released in 1996.
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