Ali Wins the Rumble in the Jungle
In the Rumble in the Jungle, 32-year old Mohammed Ali (44-2) faced off against the 25=year old Heavyweight Champion George Foreman (40-0) in 20th of May Stadium in Kinshasa, Zaire.
Foreman was favored and understandably so. Ali came to the Zaire after winning a 12-round decision against Joe Frazier and splitting two 12-round fights with Ken Norton, while Foreman had knocked out both in the second round.
Ali used his famous “rope-a-dope” defense tactic and let Foreman wear himself out, as Ali struck in the 8th to score a knockout.
The fight became the subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary, “When We Were Kings,” as well the movie “Soul Power”.