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Known as 'The Rumble in the Jungle' this historic Championship fight took place in the Mai 20 Stadium in Kinshasa, Zaire with World Heavyweight champion George Foreman taking on the former world champion and challenger Muhammad Ali who at 32 was seen as past it.
At the time these two fighters stood out as the top contenders with Ali coming off a unanimous decision win over Joe Frazier and Foreman considered to be an absolute wrecking machine with a 40-0 record, with 37 of those wins coming by way of knockout.
People realised Foreman was for real when he obliterated 'Smokin' Joe Frazier in two rounds, knocking him down six times in the process. Also, in the fight previous to his encounter with Ali, he destroyed Ken Norton, a very respectable heavyweight in two rounds. While the public wanted Ali to win, many people thought Foreman would be too much for him.
The event was one of Don King's first ventures as a professional boxing promoter. He managed to get both Ali and Foreman to sign separate contracts saying they would fight for him if he could get $5 million to be their pay. However, King did not have the money and began looking for an outside country to sponsor the event. Zaire's flamboyant president Mobutu Sésé Seko asked for the fight to be held in his country, eager for the publicity such a high-profile event would bring. King then pulled together a consortium that included a Panamanian company called Risnelia Investment, the Hemdale Film Corporation, a British company founded by film producer John Daly and the actor David Hemmings, Video Techniques Incorporated of New York and Don King Productions to officially promote the fight. One of the many things involved was three night night concert festival called "Zaire 74". Presented and commentated by Harry Carpenter with the post fight interviews conducted by David Frost.
Production credit - BBC Television
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