– George Foreman. Before the match many of “The Louisville Lip’s” fans were sincerely fearful for Ali, worried the awesome champion might actually maim or kill him. It is a city of fights and fighters, of hockey and heroes, of broken dreams and immortal glory, a city unlike any other. A confident Ali shakes his head at George at the end of round two. https://t.co/aHpKkQv4Zm, — George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) April 18, 2020. Along with his dismantling of Sonny Liston ten years before, this was, in terms of skill and tactics, Muhammad Ali’s finest ring performance. Today marks the 40th anniversary of the iconic ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ heavyweight clash between ‘The Greatest’ Muhammad Ali and the most formidable puncher of his time, George Foreman. Muhammad Ali won by knockout, putting George Foreman down just before the end of the eighth round. An aged Ali was the huge underdog having been through many wars during his career. He had the heart and iron chin to withstand the punishment, but the cost in later years would prove tragic. Foreman was invincible, the most devastating puncher since Joe Louis, younger, stronger, and a five-to-one favorite. Montreal is The Fight City. Former two-time heavyweight champion of the world, George Foreman has revealed what Muhammad Ali muttered to him moments before their 1974 super-fight. — Michael Carbert. Under a pale African moon, with a massive throng chanting “Ali Bomaye!” and millions more watching on closed-circuit television, it was a night unlike any other in boxing history. If anyone had any lingering doubts about the sheer potency of Foreman’s power, they were erased once the formidable, 215 pound Norton turned into a rag doll after absorbing a few of Big George’s uppercuts and haymakers. Ali would joke about how fast he was, but it truly was no joke at all. His first defense was a “gimme,” a one round blowout of Jose Roman, but his next match in March of ’74 was viewed as a potentially stern test, a showdown with Ken Norton who had proved his mettle in two tough battles with Muhammad Ali. On the back of Tyson defeating Ali in a computerized World Boxing Super Series finale recently, a debate has opened up. But the truth is Ali won perhaps six of the completed seven rounds as he put on a clinic in advanced boxing technique, using excellent defense, superior hand-speed, clinches, feints, perfectly timed counter-punches, and just about every trick in the book to neutralize Foreman’s advantages in strength and power. Montreal is The Fight City. This truly legendary fight night between two boxing legends Muhammad Ali and George Foreman was known as \"The Rumble in the Jungle\" and was a historic boxing event that pitted the undefeated world heavyweight champion George Foreman against challenger Muhammad Ali, a former heavyweight champion. Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman full fight boxing highlights in HD with Muhammad Ali interview at the end! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8nxdf0gTtxwY7YIn8W63dAFOLLOW ME ON BITCHUTE: https://www.bitchute.com/mosleyboxing/FOLLOW ME ON MINDS: https://www.minds.com/MosleyBoxingMINDS AFILLIANT https://www.minds.com/register;referrer=MosleyBoxingFOLLOW ME ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/MosleyBoxing FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/mosleyboxing FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER: https://twitter.com/mosleyboxingmix SUBSCRIBE \u0026 SHARE! ‘Big’ George Foreman says he was beaten fair and square by old friend Muhammad Ali when paying tribute to ‘The Greatest’ on a recent HBO special. His personal physician, Dr. Ferdie Pacheco, had quietly arranged for a plane to be standing by to take Ali to Spain for emergency medical treatment in the event of a serious brain injury. This tactic alone was not enough to win and would have been suicidal against one of the hardest punchers in boxing history. Despite this we can look back now and appreciate anew the true brilliance of his performance against Foreman, knowing that it involved far more than loose ropes and Ali’s astonishing durability, but also the skill of a truly great fighter, whose upset victory more than four decades ago, remains, arguably, his finest ring achievement. Location: Kinshasa, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) on October 30, 1974 (at 4:00 am). It insists Ali lost almost every minute of the fight as he stood there and absorbed Foreman’s power shots before the champion finally succumbed to exhaustion. The man was overwhelming and unstoppable, a destructive force of immense power. In the title defenses which followed, he often reverted to a masochistic parody of his Zaire performance, lying on the ropes and allowing younger fighters to pound away at him. The previous year he had astonished the sports world with his terrifying demolition of Joe Frazier, knocking Smokin’ Joe to the canvas six times in less than two rounds and instantly putting the fear of God into all other heavyweight contenders. The champion himself is partly responsible for this. Foreman collapsed, failed to beat the count, and Muhammad Ali, to the astonishment of everyone, had regained the title stripped from him for his refusal to be drafted into the Vietnam War. “George you were just a kid in high school when I beat Liston,” Ali stated, according to Foreman. It should now be mandatory for anyone composing a list of the biggest myths in boxing to install in the top five — in addition to Joe Louis needing a knockout to win against Billy Conn, and Willie Pep winning a round without throwing a single punch — Foreman’s defeat to Ali being the result of the vaunted “Rope-a-Dope” strategy. Indeed, it was boxing skill and ring intelligence which defeated Foreman, let no one tell you otherwise. Before the match, many in Ali’s entourage feared the worst. With these facts in mind, it remains impossible for Muhammad Ali to receive too much credit for what he accomplished in Zaire, Africa 45 years ago today. Most of Foreman’s shots were blocked and when the champion did manage to land a solid blow, the iron-tough Ali taunted him by pausing to ask, like an oenophile comparing vintages, if that was George’s best. Just before the bell Ali had Foreman in a headlock and over the champion’s back, with the stadium in bedlam, he winked and stuck his tongue out at Joe Frazier, his old nemesis, who had picked Foreman to win and now sat ringside as a broadcast commentator, hardly believing what he was seeing. But then “The Greatest” marched out and completely outclassed Big George, reducing him in the last few rounds to a stumbling, bumbling amateur reaching in vain for Ali’s head as if to hold him still for just one second as his wily nemesis leaned away and clipped him with staccato-like counter shots, harmless-looking blows, but on an exasperated Foreman, increasingly potent. Ali took his time, waited for the right moment, and in the eighth round struck with a series of blows punctuated by a perfectly placed straight right. Great article, and I wholly agree re: the ‘rope a dope’ strategy. Fearing the worst, Ali’s fans screamed themselves hoarse during that round, exhorting him to get off the ropes, but despite appearances, he remained in complete control. By that point, Foreman was tiring and his punches lacked snap; the cagey challenger was simply draining George’s gas tank along with what was left of his confidence. “Boxing is the sport to which all other sports aspire.” Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman full fight boxing highlights in HD with Muhammad Ali interview at the end! Former world heavyweight champion ‘Big’ George Foreman has admitted he would avoid a fight with Muhammad Ali if he could go back and have his glorious career all over again. Ali died Friday at the age of 74 after a decades-long fight against Parkinson's disease. The thing people must realize is that Foreman was in his prime when he locked up with Frazier and Ali, while both were at the end of their primes. A metropolis where hundreds of young warriors train and battle each day in its many gyms, it is where Archie Moore, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran and Bernard Hopkins all found greatness. Foreman said Ali's "greatest power was his presence," inside the boxing ring and outside. Foreman and Ali met in the world-famous ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ – an event organized by a young Don King in Kinshasa. Foreman’s brutal stoppage of Frazier shocked everyone. With thirty seconds left in the round and his fans fearing Ali on the cusp of oblivion, “The Greatest” miraculously came to life, peppering Foreman with those light, quick blows before straightening him up with a pair of sharp jabs and then, with the massive crowd going berserk, landing five hard counter right hands as Foreman flailed about. It has been called \"arguably the greatest sporting event of the 20th century\". The widespread myth of Ali vs Foreman says otherwise. As the curtain came down on history, Ali said a final few words to Foreman before pulling off one of the biggest upsets of all time. I love Ali but for this fight you have to watch it in slow motion to truly see what Ali is doing and how he punishes Foreman. In 1974, George Foreman reigned supreme. Anthony Joshua has basically named Mike Tyson the G.O.A.T with his prediction the New Yorker would defeat ‘The Greatest’ Muhammad Ali. In contrast, Foreman had been ripping through the division.
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