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. Even though Foreman had made all the running he had been unable to knock out Ali, who coined the phrase ‘Rope a Dope’ as he laid on the ropes for long periods while allowing the champion 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, repeatedly shaking the champion up with heavy rights to the head. Although 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 him crashing down to be counted out.