This Day In Sports History (October 30th) — Rumble In The Jungle

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It was on this day in 1974 that Muhammad Ali took on heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire.  Until this day, the fight is still referred to by most as “The Rumble in the Jungle.”

Foremen entered the fight with the WBC, WBA and The Ring Heavyweight titles after defeating Joe Frazier via a second-round TKO the previous year.  As for Ali, he entered the fight coming off his own victory over Frazier; however, he still entered the fight as an underdog, as many believed that he would be no match for the younger, stronger Foreman.

As many of you probably already know, Ali would prove many of his naysayers wrong on fight night, as he utilized his rope-a-dope tactic to a tee, tiring out the larger Foreman by leaning back on the ropes and forcing his opponent to expend plenty of his energy throwing punches that were doing little damage.  Eventually, Foreman grew so tired that he couldn’t even defend himself against Ali’s punches, and in the eighth round, he was knocked to the canvas by a combination from Ali, which ended the fight and allowed Cassius Clay to regain the heavyweight championship.

In addition to earning “Fight of the Year” honors from Ring Magazine, this fight would also become one of the most famous fights in boxing history, as it was even featured in its very own documentary, titled “When We Were Kings.”

Notable Birthdays

Diego Maradona, Soccer – Born on October 30, 1960 (age 53) in Buenos Aries, Argentina

Danny Tartabull, MLB – Born on October 30, 1962 (age 51) in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Trent Edwards, NFL – Born on October 30, 1983 (age 30) in Los Gatos, California

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