The Rumble in the Jungle remains incredibly iconic to this day, and was even immortalized in the award-winning 1996 documentary, When We Were Kings. The film made its rounds on sites like SlackWare, but if you want the low-down, that’s what we’re here to talk about.
The Rumble in the Jungle is undoubtedly one of the most famous boxing matches, and perhaps even one of the most famous sporting events of all time. Muhammad Ali came in as the challenger against the then undefeated world Heavyweight Champion, George Foreman. The bout was held on October 30, 1974 at the Mai 20 Stadium in Kinshasa, Zaire on the banks of the Congo River.
Both Ali and Foreman spent the months leading up to the fight training in Zaire in order to grow accustomed to the tropical heat of the African climate. During the second round of the fight, Ali unleashed his secret “rope-a-dope” plan on Foreman, which involved leaning up against the ropes and inviting Foreman to waste punches on Ali’s body rather than aiming for the head. This tactic served to drain Foreman of much needed energy early in the fight. Throughout the ensuing rounds, Ali countered with brisk jabs and quick punches to wear down the bigger and more powerful Foreman. Eventually, Ali wore foreman down to the point of no return and landed a powerful combination that sent the Champ to the ground. Foreman failed to reach his feet before being counted out by the referee and Ali had reclaimed the title.
For boxing fans and avid enthusiasts of the sport, learning a little more about its history and exploring some of the offshoots and related events that might be able to provide you with the chance to enjoy a wider range of spectator experiences could prove to be a very rewarding effort. Limiting yourself to boxing matches could be costing you the chance to enjoy a much wider range of sporting events and spectator opportunities than (more…)
Don King may be one of the most hated men in sports history, but there is no denying that he change the sport of boxing forever. Don King rose to fame has the biggest promoter that boxing has ever seen. He help turn boxing into the biggest sport in the world, but he is also a major reason of the sports collapse.
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They call boxing “The Sweet Science,” and no boxer ever fought any sweeter than Sugar Ray Robinson. Born Walker Smith Jr., in 1921, he got his boxing name when he had to borrow an Amateur Athletic Union boxing card from a buddy named Ray Robinson. The first time his longtime manager, George Gainford, saw him box, he said of Robinson, that he was “sweet as sugar,” and the name stuck.
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Although there are no records of the fights, boxing matches have been organized for centuries. The Greeks included boxing in their olympic games as early as 688 BC. The first recorded boxing match took place on the 6th of January in 1681 in Britian when the Duke of Albemarle promoted a fight between his butcher and his butler. The butcher won.
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Lennox Lewis truly was a fantastic heavyweight boxing champion and his legacy in the sport will always reflect his greatness. A question will arise regarding his impact: was he the greatest heavyweight champion of modern boxing? That is not an easy question to answer as Lennox Lewis does get a lot of competition from other major champions such as Tyson and Holyfield.
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Mike Tyson will most likely always be known as one of the greatest boxers who have ever lived. He began his fight in 1986 and quickly rose to fame. Throughout his career, he has had a total of 58 fights. Of those 58 fights, he has won 50 of them. Six of those fights were won by a knockout. Tyson experienced a decline in the 1990s. He experienced a failed marriage and was also convicted of rape in 1992. He returned to the ring in 1995, but he experienced even more problems.
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One of the most controversial figures in sports throughout the twentieth century, Muhammad Ali was the perfect balance of sublime showmanship and technical expertise. A heavyweight of exceptional hand speed and footwork,
Ali’s ability to move around the ring while inflicting continuous punishment with lightning quick jabs was the hallmark of a career that spanned two decades, and saw him claim the Heavyweight Crown three times.
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Rashad Evans – Standing at only 5′ 11″ Rashad is a force to be reckoned with. He’s got a punch that packs a wallop and with eyes like steel his opponents never know what’s coming.
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The current world boxing champions in the World Boxing Association (WBA) are:
Heavyweight champion David Haye from the UK has held his title since November of 2009.
Guillermo Jones of Panama holds the Cruiserweight title. He last defended his title in October of 2010.
Light heavyweight Beibut Shemeno remains at the top of his weight class after a recent title defending match in January of this year.
Fighter Dimitri Sartiso has been the WBA super middleweight champion since November 2009.
Gennady Glovkin holds the middleweight championship title.
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