40 years ago today, Muhammad Ali rocked the world

VIDEO: October 30 will forever be linked to the Rumble in the Jungle.

EDGAR staff October 30, 2014

Never one to pull a punch – let alone his words – Muhammad Ali was at his entertaining best during the build-up to his collision course with George Foreman in Zaire on October 30, 1974.

In a fight known to the world as The Rumble in the Jungle, the continent of Africa – for the first time ever – was set to host a bout for boxing’s world heavyweight title when Ali quipped one of his trademark lines:

“I’ve wrestled with alligators. I’ve tussled with a whale. I handcuffed lightning and thrown thunder in jail. Only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick – I’m so mean I make medicine sick.”

The bravado was classic Ali, the man known as the Louisville Lips, as the 32-year-old former champ looked to win the title from the young, bruising slugger – and future barbeque grill promoter – Foreman.

After eight gruelling rounds of relentless attacking boxing, Ali’s tactical genius (and ability to take a beating) paid off, resulting in a flurry of punches with seconds remaining in the round to floor the champ, and blow the roof off the stadium.

Such was the quality and the occasion of that night 40 years ago, it has since and will forever be known as one of the greatest in sporting history.