|Rufai, Oliseh, Keshi with 1994|
African Cup of Nations
|The Rumble in the Jungle|
Both men trained in Congo for the fight to acclimatize to the heat. On the fateful day, they had to fight at 4.00am in the morning Congo time, so that the American TV audience would be up to see the brawl. The rest as they say is history. After taking some heavy beating, Ali managed to produce a David and Goliath spectacle. He kept Foreman away with jabs, dodging Foreman's ferocious blows craftily. By the 8th round, Foreman was tired from throwing ineffective punches and Ali caught him with a right hook to the face, sending him sprawling to the canvas in front of thousands of adoring fans. The great Foreman was defeated both physically and psychologically, forcing him to retire prematurely from the sport of boxing.