A look back at the Rumble in the Jungle

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A look back at the Rumble in the Jungle
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)
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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.

40th Anniversary of 'Rumble in the Jungle'

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