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'Rumble in the Jungle' is Muhammad Ali at his greatest [Video]

January 17, 2012 | 11:48 am

 

 

Amid all the hoopla surrounding Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday Tuesday, you're probably going to be hearing a lot about the "Rumble in the Jungle."

If you haven't seen this incredible fight in its entirety -- or you just want to experience boxing at its finest one more time -- check it out above (it's split into four parts, from left to right).

PHOTOS: Rumble in the Jungle

Here's how Times columnist Bill Dwyre described the fight, and the relationship between the two men involved, in Tuesday's Times:

Next to the Frazier trilogy, Ali's most famous boxing moment was his fight with George Foreman in October 1974, in Zaire, the "Rumble in the Jungle." Foreman, a delightful storyteller who has escaped the usual result of being hit in the head a lot, loves to tell how he pounded Ali for seven rounds in Zaire. Then, tiring late in the seventh, he leaned on Ali, who whispered in his ear: "George, is that all you got?" To which Foreman responded to himself, "Yup, that's all I got."

In the next round, Ali knocked him out.

Foreman has deep affection for Ali and calls occasionally to check on his health. Foreman says that Ali can speak and be understood if you call in the morning, before fatigue sets in. On one recent call, Ali asked Foreman how many grandchildren he had. Foreman told him five.

"I got seven," Ali said. "Beat you again, George."

Seriously, take some time to relive boxing in its heyday -- it will be time well spent on the day "The Greatest" was born.

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-- Chuck Schilken

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