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ALI/FOREMAN (Rumble in the Jungle)

oil on canvas, 24"x36", painted in 2000

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This is one the most famous bouts in boxing history fought on Oct. 30, 1974 in Zaire, Africa hence the name "rumble in the jungle." It matched a 24 year old Foreman's strength and power to a 32 year old Ali's speed and technique. In the end, Ali prevailed with a hard right knockout in the 8th round. Foreman simply wore himself out due to numerous wild punches missed or blocked by the more experienced defensive fighter Ali.