Ali vs foreman rumble in the jungle

On this day in 1974, one of the most famous singular sporting events the world has ever seen, the heavyweight boxing bout between WBC undefeated World heavyweight boxing Champion, George Foreman and a former world Champion and challenger Muhammad Ali took place in Kinshasa Zaire in what is today known as The Rumble in the Jungle.

The bout was held at the 20th of May Stadium which has been renamed the Stade Tata Raphaël.

The attendance was 60,000.

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”, though experts favoured the “Thrila in Manila” bout between Ali and Joe Frazier as being more spectacular.

It was a major upset victory, with Ali coming in as a 4–1 underdog against the unbeaten, heavy-hitting Foreman.

The fight is famous for Ali’s introduction of the rope-a-dope tactic.

The fight was watched by a record estimated television audience of 1 billion viewers worldwide, becoming the world’s most-watched live television broadcast at the time.

This included a record estimated 50 million viewers watching the fight pay-per-view on closed-circuit theatre TV.

The fight grossed an estimated $500 million in worldwide revenue.

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