The rumble in the jungle occupied most of the press on this day in 1974 – if you haven’t seen When We Were Kings, here’s a bit of the original rope-a-dope – and it’s well worth the first three and a half minutes to see the last ten seconds:
And how nice – my first YouTube embed worked!
Even if you’re not at all a fan of boxing, you can still be a fan of Muhammad Ali. He lost his boxing license in 1967 for refusing induction into the army and had to wait three years to get it back. It took another four years to get the fight with heavyweight title holder George Foreman. Ali was 32, Foreman was 25.
After the fight, Ali and Foreman became friends and twenty years later, when Ali, ill with Parkinson’s, won an Oscar for When We Were Kings, it was Foreman who helped him up to the dais to get his award.