Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman Full Fight
In what many believe to be the greatest boxing match in the history of the sport. Perhaps the single greatest event in the history of sports! George Foreman defends his Heavyweight Championship of the World. For the third time against former Champion, Muhammad Ali. The former champion Ali at 32 was given little chance against the fearsome puncher, who had knocked out both Joe Frazier and Ken Norton. Both of whom had beaten Ali in the past within 2 rounds.
This now-legendary fight took place in Kinshasa, Zaïre (Congo). And at the time was heavily promoted by the now infamous boxing promoter Don King. It was thought that King was hoping the new younger Foreman would defeat Ali. Allowing the heavyweight division to carry on before under his iron grip. As King used every trick in the book to extract money from his stable of fighters.
Ali vs Foreman who won
However, The Greatest had other plans as he looked to upset the apple cart and regain his championship. From the fighter who to date had single-handedly destroyed each and every one of his opponents on his way to the world title.
This is considered by many as the most significant fight of Muhammad Ali’s career. The fight was called Fight of the Year for 1974 and is widely recognised as the most memorable fight in sports great history.
While both fighters were in their training camps in Zaire. Foreman managed to suffer a cut over his eye during a sparring session. As a result, the fight has to be postponed for some weeks, which if anything added to the buildup. As well as giving Ali more time to get to know the country, its people and his heritage.
From the bell Ali made Foreman chase hi around the ring, forcing him to use up the vast majority of his energy. In the now-legendary rope a dope style, Muhammad outsmarted the bigger, stronger, younger Foreman into expending everything he had until there was nothing left. Leaving him open to a counter-attack and the most iconic knockout in boxing history.
If you ever get the chance, we highly recommend the documentary made around the actual fight entitled “When We Were Kings“. An absolutely beautiful piece of film making. And quite possibly the greatest sports documentary film to ever be made.