Boxing history was made in 1974 when the first ever heavyweight title fight held on the African continent took place in Kinshasa, Zaire on October 30th of that year. Known as the "Rumble in the Jungle", this memorable bout featured two of the greatest personalities in the long history of the sport, in the form of legendary giants Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. We said personalities, as these incredible champions transcended the ring to become much more than fighters, with Ali taking a firm stance for the Civil Rights movement and Foreman coming off as very likable ambassador of good will an genius entrepreneur.
Considered the most well known figure in the sporting world, Ali amazed fans once again in this fight, employing his "Rope-A-Dope" strategy, designed to wear down the imposing Foreman who had recently scored determined two-round TKO victories over Joe Frazier and Ken Norton, the only two men to have beaten Ali up to that point in time. Ali's plan worked like a charm, with "Big George" tired out from throwing a barrage of punches through eight rounds, Ali landed a five-punch combination that sent his opponent to the mat, causing the referee to stop the fight.
Build-up for this globally televised event included promotion of a closed circuit television broadcast at big screen venues across the USA. The offered handbill ranks among the more unusual items employed to promote this clash of the titans. Printed in the form of a paper poster, this dynamic handbill is considered unique, as it is laid out in broadside fashion but is considerably smaller than typical promotional placards with dimensions of 7 x 11-1/2". Generally pleasing, this important piece of boxing memorabilia remains crisp and appealing with light to moderate signs of wear, including three small and unobtrusive edge tears, three pinholes in the red text area, some waviness to the surface and scattered traces of light soiling, while colors, text and graphics are distinct.
The contestants are pictured at center over a background image of the African continent, with their names located just below the head and torso images. Red lettering at bottom announces the location of viewership as the "Nashville Municipal Auditorium" with ticket prices of "$10-$15-$20". Wording at top includes the date "September, 24", which was the originally scheduled date the match would be seen live in America. Due to a cut incurred by Foreman near his eye during a sparring training session, this famous fight was pushed back to 10/30/74 in African time and due to the time zone difference was seen here on 10/29/74. Also worth noting is the listing of Don King as one of the co-promoters of this fight, which put him on the map as one of boxing's top promoters.