The roars went up “Ali, boom-ba-yay” “Ali, boom-ba-yay” – the tension was building. The Rumble in the Jungle, Don King’s first boxing promotion, was to become the biggest, and most well known, event in boxing history. October 1974, Kinshasa, Zaire [Ali couldn’t fight in the USA because he’d lost his fight license as part of his punishment for not heeding the conscription call to the Army for Vietnam] so a venue outside of America was needed – King came up with the idea of “The Rumble in the Jungle” and what a success it turned out to be.
Ali took a pounding for most of the fight [an episode known as dope-a-rope] until his opponent, George Foreman, was exhausted – in the eighth round, Ali pounced and Foreman went down – Ali was the greatest boxer of his time – that’s what he told everyone, and arguably, he was. There’s something to be said for a man that predicts the round he will beat his opponent in, and then finishes him off in that round: A true sporting legend.