1974-10-30 Muhammad Ali w co 8 (15) George Foreman, Twentieth of May Stadium, Kinshasa, Zaire - WORLD

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1974-10-30 Muhammad Ali w co 8 (15) George Foreman, Twentieth of May Stadium, Kinshasa, Zaire - WORLD. Referee: Zack Clayton. Billed as the ‘Super Fight’, it was all of that and more as Ali (216½) regained his old title against all the odds when knocking Foreman (220) out with just two seconds of the eighth remaining. After seven completed rounds the two fighters were probably level, Foreman making all the running but unable to knock out Ali, who coined the phrase ‘Rope a Dope’ as he laid on the ropes for long periods while allowing Foreman to burn himself out after throwing so many big punches that failed to have the desired effect. By the fifth, Ali had begun to take over as Foreman tired and he repeatedly shook up the champion with heavy rights to the head. Still coming forward in the eighth, Foreman was making no impression on Ali and when the latter suddenly cut loose with a whole batch of blows, mainly to the head, a big right sent the champion crashing down to be counted out. The fight had not only been a sensational one but it had put Ali back on the map.