On October 30, 1974 took place “Rumble in the Jungle”, the most famous boxing fights in history which pitted Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo).
The bout was scheduled for September, but an injury caused Foreman was delayed six weeks. One hundred thousand people packed the stadium on May 20, although the battle was to begin at 4 am in order to adapt to American time. The dictator Mobutu Sese Seko paid five million dollars to each fighter to accept the central African country to host the event.
Foreman, 25 years, defended title with a spectacular record of 40 wins (37 of them by KO) thanks to a concussive punching power, while Ali, 32, had lost his leg speed and came to be defeated by Joe Fraizer and Ken Norton. The stakes were clearly favorable to the first, but on the contrary, Louisville had the support of the public. They spent much of the summer in Zaire to suit its tropical climate and the unusual schedule in which they would face.
George Foreman began dominating the fight, constantly punishing his opponent who fit the hard blows with fortitude. The fight dragged on longer than expected and the seventh assault fatigue began to take its toll on the champion, and what at first were genuine “bombs” were becoming swipes, it was time to Ali. In the eighth round one right combination sent Foreman to the canvas, which could not get up before the count of 10, thus recapturing the world title Muhammad Ali.