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Muhammad Ali George Foreman original fight poster 1974 b

$950.00

"The Rumble in the Jungle", 1974
Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman

 

This is an original fight poster to the fight dubbed "The Rumble in the Jungle" between Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) and George Foreman held in Zaire , Africa on September 24, 1974.. The fight was originally planned for September 24th but was rescheduled for the 29th October (US time) after Foreman suffered a cut in training. Ali shocked the world, knocking out the "unbeatable" Foreman in the 8th round.

The poster is cardstock and measures 14 x 18". Excellent condition for its age with just a minor handling wear.. Nice bright colors, NOT faded like many of these we have seen..One of the most popular venues in the Northeast to see the telecast LIVE in 1974 (41 years ago!) was at the Monticello Raceway in New Jersey.  As you can see from the enlargeable image above, the original Monticello promo stamp is still at the bottom (not covering any of the poster images), adding a nice authenticity provenance to this terrific piece fo sports history!   One of the best examples of this desirable poster that you could hope to find.  Also a nick on Muhammad Ali's chin (maybe where George clipped him..:) ).. The poster has the original fight date

This was the first heavyweight championship fight ever fought in Africa !! And, it is the most famous and most heavily depicted heavyweight fight in history pitting these two former Olympic Gold Medal winners, the much heavily favored Foreman against the underdog, Ali. Foreman was undefeated up until this time. The critics, the world believed Foreman was invincible. He made such quick work over Joe Frazier and Ken Norton that I remember the ring side announcers joking that "Forman must have left the car running".

Ultimately it was a fight that proved Ali was "The Greatest," as he defeated Foreman in the 8th round. Ali allowed Foreman to punch himself out as Ali performed his famous "Rope-A-Dope," technique. And, at the right moment, Ali unleased a flurry of lightening speed punches that just overwhelmed the giant Foreman and sent him to the canvas as the world looked on in disbelief. As a result of this fight, Muhammad Ali was named Fighter of the Year by Ring magazine, and "Sportsman of the Year" by Sports Illustrated! Ali also received the honor of being named Professional Athlete of the Year and received the 1974 Hickok Belt Award. But, maybe his highest honor was on December 20, 1999 when Sports Illustrated named Muhammad Ali "Athlete of the Century".

Poster is printed on cardboard, great color and design graphics. ..* Beware of the reproductions which are usually 11x14" and on a thin glossy paper.
The most desirable poster for this most significant fight that the boxing world have ever seen. (Other than Zaire site poster that sells for 10-15 thousand dollars).  * Of course these posters will continue to skyrocket in value.  * What also makes this poster desirable to collectors is it is a very rare original survivor of a rare Vintage boxing poster that was hung at the Monticello Raceway .


Note:  Cvtreasures stamp NOT on original poster



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