Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman Rumble in the Jungle 1974 Pennant

July 4, 2016

In 1974, 32 year old Muhammad Ali, fought 25 year old Champion, George Foreman, for his Heavyweight Crown. The Bout took place in Zaire, Africa. It was forever known, as “The Rumble in the Jungle.” On March 8, 1971 , Ali lost a unanimous decision, to Champion Joe Frazier. Both fighters entered the ring undefeated. This Bout was known as, “The Fight of the Century.” Foreman, ultimately won Frazier’s crown, in a 2 round Tko.   Foreman had battered, both Frazier & Ken Norton, in 2 round Tkos ! These were, the only boxers to beat Ali. As a result, George Foreman, was a 7-1 favorite, to demolish Muhammad Ali as well. Muhammad was famed for his speed and technical skills, while George’s raw power, was his greatest strength. To eliminate, fighting at close range, which favored Foreman, in the 2nd round Ali changed tactics.   Ali frequently, began to lean against the ropes and cover up, letting Foreman punch his arms and body. ( A strategy Ali, later dubbed “The Rope-A-Dope.”) As a result, Foreman spent his energy throwing punches, that either missed or were deflected by Ali. Muhammad took every opportunity, to hit George’s face, with short straight […]


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