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    1974 Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman "Rumble in the Jungle" On-Site Fight Program. Unquestionably the most coveted post-war boxing program in the hobby, the on-site Rumble in the Jungle program is also the hobby's scarcest. The story of the bout, taking on mythic proportions, is familiar to even the most casual fight fan. The great Muhammad Ali, unfairly stripped of his Heavyweight crown for failing to comply with Vietnam draft laws, looks to regain it from the frighteningly powerful Foreman, who many boxing experts believe will not only knock Ali out, but might permanently injure him in the process. Ali was no longer the elusive jungle cat he had once been, they believed, and no man could weather the storm of Foreman. But Ali is as smart as ever, if not as fleet of foot, and employs a plan that will come to be known as "Rope-a-Dope."

    Rather than eluding the sledgehammer blows of Foreman, Ali leans back against the ropes and takes on the role of heavy bag, absorbing scores of punches on his arms and shoulders while protecting his head and midsection. The chants of "Ali, bomaye" ("Ali, kill him!") of the African crowd quiet as the fight drags on, as it appears that the ex-Champ will do nothing but receive a beating. But suddenly, in the eighth round, Ali sees his opportunity as pounces on the exhausted Foreman, landing a series of heavy blows that sends the Champ cartwheeling to the canvas. And once again, after seven long years, Ali is King.

    One of only a theoretical handful from the event ever to leave the continent of Africa, this sixteen-page French language program derives from the personal collection of Charles "Doc" Broadus, the first man to strap gloves on the fists of George Foreman, and his trainer for years afterward. Some handwriting on the program's cover and light handling wear are all that differentiates the publication from its condition as issued.


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