The ‘Rumble in the Jungle’

The 'Rumble in the Jungle' The ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ was a world heavyweight championship title fight between the unbeaten reigning champion, George Foreman, and challenger Muhammad Ali, who had been stripped of his world heavyweight title after refusing to be inducted into the US Army in 1967. The fight took place at what is now the Stade Tata Raphaël in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on October 30, 1974, at 4am local time, to cater for American television audiences.

In his previous title defence, against Ken Norton in Caracas, Venzuela in March, 1974, Foreman had won inside two rounds and was expected to make equally short work of Ali. Indeed, Foreman said later that he had hit Ali ‘with the hardest shot to the body’ that he had ever delivered. Nevertheless, by adopting by what was dubbed the ‘Rope-a-Dope’ strategy, Ali leant back against the loose ring ropes and absorbed punishment with his arms and body, while constantly taunting Foreman into more and more powerful, looping punches.

As the fight wore on Foreman, who had not fought more than four rounds since winning by technical knockout in the tenth round against Gregorio Peralta in Oakland, California more than three years previously, visibly tired. As Foreman ran out of steam, Ali landed a series of increasingly potent counter punches, culminating in a right-left-right combination late in the eighth round, which knocked his opponent to the canvas. Foreman rose to his feet, but not quickly enough, and was counted out by referee Zach Clayton.

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Shergar Wins Derby 1981

Shergar Wins Derby 1981 Sadly, the racing career of Shergar will forever be overshadowed by events on the night of February 8, 1983, when the horse was kidnapped, at gunpoint, from the Ballymany Stud in Co. Kildare, Ireland and never seen again. Nevertheless, whatever his ultimate fate, it should not be forgotten that his winning margin of ten lengths – which could have been larger, had jockey Walter Swinburn eased down inside the final furlong – in the 1981 Derby remains a record for the Epsom Classic.

Indeed, so far clear was he that John Matthias, jockey of the remote second, Glint Of Gold, thought he had won the race.

Having won the Sandown Classic Trial, over a mile-and-a-quarter, and the Chester Vase, over a mile-and-a-half, by ten lengths and twelve lengths, respectively, Shergar arrived at Epsom with, far and away, the best form of any horse in the Derby field. Unsurprising, he was sent off odds-on favourite, at 10/11, and what followed was later described by Timeform as ‘arguably the most one-sided Derby of modern times’. Rounding Tattenham Corner, the sweeping, downhill turn into the straight at Epsom, fully half-a-mile from the winning post, it became clear that Shergar would win, and win easily. He took a two-length lead with three furlongs to run and went further and further clear, leading commentator to exclaim, ‘The Derby is a procession!’ and ‘You need a telescope to see the rest!’

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