Today in History
October 30, 1974
Rumble in the Jungle
Sixty thousand spectators watch as in a battle of boxing champions, former world heavyweight champion Muhammad regains his title after knocking out reigning champ George Foreman in the eighth round. Kinshasa, Zaire provided the backdrop for the "Rumble in the Jungle," as the fight is known. The upset outcome—no one expected the far older Ali to beat Foreman— is a larger victory for Ali, who had lost the title the first time in 1967 when the New York State Athletic commission took away his license and title after Ali refused, because of his religion, to serve in the U.S. Army when drafted.
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