By Lewis Gould
The scene was a ring in the middle of a field in Zaire, formerly and presently the Congo.
Forty years ago last night heavyweight champion George Foreman defended his crown against the aging ex-champ Muhammad Ali.
The fight started at 4 a.m. local time and the stifling heat made it tough for the boxers, especially Foreman, who spent the first seven round unloading cannons on Ali, who spent a lot of the fight perched against the ropes, which had been made loose by his brilliant cornerman, Angelo Dundee.
Then, in the 8th round, as if on cue, Foreman’s body and will faded and Ali unloaded.
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