A look back at the Rumble in the Jungle

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Perspiration flies from the head of George Foreman as he takes a right from challenger Muhammad Ali in the seventh round in the match dubbed Rumble in the Jungle in Kinshasa, Zaire, Oct. 30, 1974. Foreman was knocked out in the eighth round. The referee, left, is Zack Clayton. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky)
Boxer Muhammad Ali displays an array of facial calisthenics during a press luncheon in New York, Aug. 29, 1974 to promote the sale of tickets to Madison Square Garden where the battle against George Foreman in Zaire will be shown in October on closed circuit television. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
Defending world heavyweight champion George Foreman, left, watches a right from challenger Muhammad Ali that ended their title bout in the eighth round at Kinshasa, Zaire, Oct. 30, 1974. Foreman fell to the canvas and was counted out by referee Zack Clayton, right, in the match dubbed Rumble in the Jungle. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky)
Boxer Muhammad Ali displays an array of facial calisthenics during a press luncheon in New York, Aug. 29, 1974 to promote the sale of tickets to Madison Square Garden where the battle against George Foreman in Zaire will be shown in October on closed circuit television. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
Challenger Muhammad Ali watches as defending world champion George Foreman goes down to the canvas in the eighth round of their WBA/WBC championship match in Kinshasa, Zaire, on October 30, 1974. Foreman is counted out by the referee and Ali regains the heavyweight crown by KO in the bout dubbed 'Rumble in the Jungle.' (AP Photo)
Boxer Muhammad Ali displays an array of facial calisthenics during a press luncheon in New York, Aug. 29, 1974 to promote the sale of tickets to Madison Square Garden where the battle against George Foreman in Zaire will be shown in October on closed circuit television. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
Challenger Muhammad Ali winces as he is hit with a powerful left jab to the body by defending world champion George Foreman in their WBA/WBC championship bout in Kinshasa, Zaire, on October 30, 1974. Ali regained the heavyweight crown by knocking out Foreman in the eighth round of the fight dubbed 'Rumble in the Jungle.' (AP Photo)
Boxer Muhammad Ali displays an array of facial calisthenics during a press luncheon in New York, Aug. 29, 1974 to promote the sale of tickets to Madison Square Garden where the battle against George Foreman in Zaire will be shown in October on closed circuit television. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
Challenger Muhammad Ali watches as defending world champion George Foreman goes down to the canvas in the eighth round of their WBA/WBC championship match in Kinshasa, Zaire, on October 30, 1974. Foreman is counted out by the referee and Ali regains the world heavyweight crown by KO in the bout dubbed 'Rumble in the Jungle.' (AP Photo)
Boxer Muhammad Ali displays an array of facial calisthenics during a press luncheon in New York, Aug. 29, 1974 to promote the sale of tickets to Madison Square Garden where the battle against George Foreman in Zaire will be shown in October on closed circuit television. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
FILE - This is a Oct. 30, 1974 file photo of Muhammad Ali as he watches George Foreman head for the canvas after being knocked out in the eighth round of their match in Kinshasa, Zaire. It was 40 years ago that two men met just before dawn on Oct. 30, 1974, to earn $5 million in the Rumble in the Jungle. In one of boxing's most memorable moments, Muhammad Ali stopped the fearsome George Foreman to recapture the heavyweight title in the impoverished African nation of Zaire. (AP Photo, File)
Boxer Muhammad Ali displays an array of facial calisthenics during a press luncheon in New York, Aug. 29, 1974 to promote the sale of tickets to Madison Square Garden where the battle against George Foreman in Zaire will be shown in October on closed circuit television. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
Challenger Muhammad Ali is directed to a neutral corner by referee Zack Clayton moments after he knocked out defending champion George Foreman, sending him to the canvas for a full count, in the eighth round of the WBA/WBC championship bout in Kinshasa, Zaire, on October 30, 1974. Ali regains the crown as the undisputed heavyweight world champion by KO in their fight dubbed 'Rumble in the Jungle.' (AP Photo)
Defending world champion George Foreman drives challenger Muhammad Ali into the ropes with a left jab to the body during the WBA/WBC championship bout in Kinshasa, Zaire, on October 30, 1974. Ali regained the heavyweight crown by knocking out Foreman in the eighth round of their fight dubbed 'Rumble in the Jungle.' (AP Photo)
Challenger Muhammad Ali raises his arms in victory after defending champion George Foreman is counted out by referee Zack Clayton, ending the WBA/WBC championship bout in Kinshasa, Zaire, on October 30, 1974. Ali regains the crown as the undisputed heavyweight world champion by KO in the eighth round of their fight dubbed 'Rumble in the Jungle.' (AP Photo)
George Foreman walks away in defeat while challenger Muhammad Ali, partially covered, is celebrating his victory in the WBA/WBC championship bout in Kinshasa, Zaire, on October 30, 1974. Ali regains the crown as the undisputed heavyweight world champion by KO in the eighth round of their fight dubbed 'Rumble in the Jungle.' The referee is Zach Clayton. (AP Photo)
Hanging deep in the ropes, challenger Muhammad Ali is hit with a left jab to the head by defending world champion George Foreman during the WBA/WBC championship bout in Kinshasa, Zaire, on October 30, 1974. Ali regained the heavyweight crown by knocking out Foreman in the eighth round of their fight dubbed 'Rumble in the Jungle.' The referee is Zack Clayton. (AP Photo)
Challenger Muhammad Ali is hit with a left jab by defending world champion George Foreman during the WBA/WBC championship bout in Kinshasa, Zaire, on October 30, 1974. Ali regained the heavyweight crown by knocking out Foreman in the eighth round of their fight dubbed 'Rumble in the Jungle.' The referee is Zack Clayton. (AP Photo)
FILE - This is a Oct. 30, 1974 file photo perspiration flies from the head of George Foreman as he takes a right from challenger Muhammad Ali in the seventh round in the match dubbed Rumble in the Jungle in Kinshasa, Zaire. Foreman was knocked out in the eighth round. It was 40 years ago that two men met just before dawn on Oct. 30, 1974, to earn $5 million in the Rumble in the Jungle. In one of boxing's most memorable moments, Muhammad Ali stopped the fearsome George Foreman to recapture the heavyweight title in the impoverished African nation of Zaire. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky, File)
FILE - This is a Oct. 30, 1974 file photo of Muhammad Ali winces as he takes a George Foreman left to the jaw in fifth round of their heavyweight championship bout in Kinshasa, Zaire. Ali knocked out Foreman in the eighth round to regain the title. It was 40 years ago that two men met just before dawn on Oct. 30, 1974, to earn $5 million in the Rumble in the Jungle. In one of boxing's most memorable moments, Muhammad Ali stopped the fearsome George Foreman to recapture the heavyweight title in the impoverished African nation of Zaire. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky, File)
FILE - This is a Oct. 30, 1974 file photo of Muhammad Ali, right, as he stands back as referee Zack Clayton calls the count over opponent George Foreman, red shorts, in Kinshasa, Zaire. Ali won the fight in Africa by a knock out in the 8th round. It was 40 years ago that two men met just before dawn on Oct. 30, 1974, to earn $5 million in the Rumble in the Jungle. In one of boxing's most memorable moments, Muhammad Ali stopped the fearsome George Foreman to recapture the heavyweight title in the impoverished African nation of Zaire. (AP Photo, File)
TO GO WITH AFP STORIES In this photo taken on October 19, 1974 shows US boxing heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali (L) (born Cassius Clay) 11 days before the heavy weight world championship in Kinshasa. On October 30, 1974 Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in a clash of titans known as the 'Rumble in the Jungle', watched by 60 000 people in the stadium in Kinshasa and millions elsewhere. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORIES In this photo taken on October 19, 1974 shows US boxing heavyweight champion George Foreman gesturing at the Kinshasa stadium 11 days before the heavyweight world championship. On October 30, 1974 Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in a clash of titans known as the 'Rumble in the Jungle', watched by 60 000 people in the stadium in Kinshasa and millions elsewhere AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORIES In this photo taken on October 29, 1974 US heavy weight boxing champion George Foreman getures during the weigh-in before the heavy weight world championship in Kinshasa. On October 30, 1974 Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in a clash of titans known as the 'Rumble in the Jungle', watched by 60 000 people in the stadium in Kinshasa and millions elsewhere. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORIES In this photo taken on October 30, 1974 shows Us boxing promoter (C) and US boxing heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali (C right) (born Cassius Clay) during a press conference after the heavyweight world championship in Kinshasa. On October 30, 1974 Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in a clash of titans known as the 'Rumble in the Jungle', watched by 60 000 people in the stadium in Kinshasa and millions elsewhere. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
In this photo taken on October 27, 1974 US boxing heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Clay) gestures during a press conference three days before the heavy weight world championship in Kinshasa. On October 30, 1974 Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in a clash of titans known as the 'Rumble in the Jungle', watched by 60 000 people in the stadium in Kinshasa and millions elsewhere. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORIES In this photo taken on October 25, 1974 shows US boxing heavyweight champion George Foreman training five before the heavyweight world championship in Kinshasa. On October 30, 1974 Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in a clash of titans known as the 'Rumble in the Jungle', watched by 60 000 people in the stadium in Kinshasa and millions elsewhere. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
In this photo taken on October 19, 1974 shows US boxing heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali (C) (born Cassius Clay) is escoted at his training center 11 days before the heavyweight world championship in Kinshasa. On October 30, 1974 Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in a clash of titans known as the 'Rumble in the Jungle', watched by 60 000 people in the stadium in Kinshasa and millions elsewhere. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORIES In this photo taken on October 27, 1974 US boxing heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Clay) stands with her mother Odetta Lee Clay during a training session three days before the heavy weight world championship in Kinshasa. On October 30, 1974 Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in a clash of titans known as the 'Rumble in the Jungle', watched by 60 000 people in the stadium in Kinshasa and millions elsewhere. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Muhammad Ali waves to a chanting crowd at Kinshasa's N'Djili airport in Zaire, Nov. 1, 1974, as he boards a plane to return to the United States. (AP Photo)
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It was 40 years ago that two men met just before dawn on Oct. 30, 1974, to earn $5 million in the Rumble in the Jungle.

In one of boxing's most memorable moments, Muhammad Ali stopped the fearsome George Foreman to recapture the heavyweight title in the impoverished African nation of Zaire.

The day before the fight in Kinshasa, Foreman and Ali made separate trips to the presidential palace to pay homage to Mobutu Sese Seko, the brutal dictator who wanted to put his country (now Congo) on the world map. The fight would finally unfold in the steamy darkness of equatorial Africa at 4 a.m., with machine gun-carrying soldiers watching the crowd from ringside and Joe Frazier among the interested spectators.

Late in the eighth round, Ali landed a combination with a final right hand that seemed to crumple Foreman in pieces, ending the fight with a knockout.

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