The Rumble Replay

 

Ali still 'The Champ' a generation after 'Rumble in the Jungle'



The chant began before the eighth round flickered onto the screen, an echo from a day long past.

"Ali bomaye! Ali bomaye!"

Muhammad Ali shook slightly as the chant - which means "Ali! Kill him!" - washed over him. He looked up from his seat and smiled.

The Champ was at the Muhammad Ali Center on Sunday, joined by several witnesses to the "The Rumble in the Jungle." They watched a film of the famed bout and told old stories about what some consider Ali's finest hour in the ring, when he chopped down mighty George Foreman with the "Rope A Dope" and took back the heavyweight championship on Oct. 30, 1974.



I was asked to film the event for the Ali Center archives. There was Angelo Dundee, the legendary trainer who never doubted that Ali, at 32, could handle the hard-hitting and hard-charging 25-year-old Foreman, the one who many experts predicted would destroy the former champion.

There was Leon Gast, director of the Academy Award-winning documentary "When We Were Kings," who can remember the heat and the crowds of people who flocked to see Ali.

There was Howard Bingham, Ali's personal photographer, wincing when recalling the punishment Ali took early in the fight as Foreman pushed Ali into the ropes and attacked with the right hand that had knocked out 38 of his previous 40 opponents.

But mostly, there was Ali, holding court as only he can.

Even now, at 65, Ali delighted the crowd of 175 that traveled from points across the world to meet the man whose greatness touched their hearts and whose generosity made him a global icon for peace.



The Rumble in the Jungle
The Rumble in the Jungle

Ali stares down George Foreman in Africa

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King of the ring
King of the ring

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Fight Poster
Fight Poster

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The Rumble in the Jungle
The Rumble in the Jungle

Ali stares down George Foreman in Africa

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Rumble Replay Gallery

Andy Films Muhammad Ali
Andy Films Muhammad Ali

The Rumble Replay

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Andy with Muhammad Ali
Andy with Muhammad Ali

The Rumble Replay event begins with a meet & Greet with fans from all over the world.

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Angelo, Andy & Leon Gast
Angelo, Andy & Leon Gast

Andy with the great Angelo Dundee and academy award winning director Leon Gast

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Muhammad with his Brother
Muhammad with his Brother

Muhammad with Rahman Ali

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Hanging with 'The greatest'!
Hanging with 'The greatest'!
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Andy Interviews Angelo Dundee
Andy Interviews Angelo Dundee
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Angelo Dundee and Leon Gast.
Angelo Dundee and Leon Gast.

Watching the 'Rumble in the Jungle'

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Angelo & Muhammad
Angelo & Muhammad

Legendary trainer Angelo Dundee with the 'Champ'.

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Andy, Jeannie, Angelo Dundee
Andy, Jeannie, Angelo Dundee
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Still the Greatest
Still the Greatest
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Angelo Dundee Greats Ali
Angelo Dundee Greats Ali

Ali arrives at the Rumble Replay

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Andy with Howard Bingham
Andy with Howard Bingham
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Ali Signs autographs with Angelo
Ali Signs autographs with Angelo
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Getting ready to rumble
Getting ready to rumble

Ali & Fans getting ready to watch the fight.

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Andy with Lonnie Ali
Andy with Lonnie Ali
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The Champ Greeting fans
The Champ Greeting fans
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The Rumble Replay Video: Parts 1 & 2

 

Filmed & Edited by Andy Dumas

 

 

Ali on the ropes
Ali on the ropes

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Rope-a-dope
Rope-a-dope

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Ali is Champion Again!
Ali is Champion Again!

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Ali on the ropes
Ali on the ropes

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Ali posed for pictures, signed autographs and even did a little conducting when the crowd hailed him with a belated rendition of "Happy Birthday," holding his left hand for just a second to extend the final note.

"This is just what we envisioned for this center," said his wife, Lonnie. "For people to be able to experience this when he's still here with us, not when he is gone."

Screen images of that hot early morning in Kinshasa, Zaire, showed Ali 

conserving his energy as Foreman gradually weakened. Then Ali attacked in the eighth round with a flurry that sent Foreman stumbling to the canvas and the 60,000 in attendance into what Gast called "the happiest moment in boxing history."

"He was more than just a boxer before the fight, but that one showcased his humanity," Gast said. "The way he brought in the people, the way he treated them with respect, it really spoke to who he is."



The Rumble Replay provided an exceptional opportunity to relive the fight that not only epitomizes Ali's dedication and confidence in the ring, but demonstrates the true heart of a champion, says Mike Fox, President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center. This rare glimpse into the past allowed those in attendance to experience one of Alis greatest boxing triumphs and to witness the reunion of this dynamic duo in Ali's corner.

 



 

Ali & Foreman battle it out in the 'Rumble in the Jungle'



 



Andy Filming Ali

 

Dear Andy,

 

On behalf of the Ali Center, I again wish to thank you for documenting our special event on this past Sunday.  Undoubtedly, you are an artist whose work we will in perpetuity cherish in the Center's archive for both the benefit of present and future generations. I hope that your interest in the Center will never wane and we look forward to other times when you will be in our company.

 

All the very best.

 

Mike Fox

President/CEO 

Muhammad Ali Center