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AP PHOTOS: A look back at the Rumble in the Jungle

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(AP) -- It was 40 years ago that two men met just before dawn on Oct. 30, 1974, to earn $5 million in the Rumble in the Jungle.

In one of boxing's most memorable moments, Muhammad Ali stopped the fearsome George Foreman to recapture the heavyweight title in the impoverished African nation of Zaire.

The day before the fight in Kinshasa, Foreman and Ali made separate trips to the presidential palace to pay homage to Mobutu Sese Seko, the brutal dictator who wanted to put his country (now Congo) on the world map. The fight would finally unfold in the steamy darkness of equatorial Africa at 4 a.m., with machine gun-carrying soldiers watching the crowd from ringside and Joe Frazier among the interested spectators.


Rumble in the Jungle so epic it needed a name

(AP) -- It was a fight so epic it had to have a name.

Muhammad Ali gave it one, and then gave boxing one of its most memorable moments when he stopped the fearsome George Foreman to recapture the heavyweight title in the impoverished African nation of Zaire. (MORE)

Caballero beats Hall to win IBF bantamweight title

MONACO (AP) Randy Caballero of the United States improved to 22-0 after beating Stuart Hall of Britain in a unanimous decision Saturday to win the vacant IBF bantamweight title.

Ring-side judges scored the bout 116-111, 116-111, 118-110 in favor of the 24-year-old Caballero after an aggressive contest where both boxers landed heavy punches. (MORE)

Fighters suing Mayweather over Vegas cable TV bout

LAS VEGAS (AP) Two fledgling professional fighters in Las Vegas are suing Floyd Mayweather Jr. and producers of a cable TV show, alleging they never consented to be part of a promotional training bout depicted as a "dog house" fight that was supposed to last until someone quit.

Hashim Rahman Jr., 23, and younger brother Sharif Rahman, 18, accuse Showtime Networks and Mayweather of profiting at their expense. (MORE)

Pacquiao makes professional basketball debut

MANILA, Philippines (AP) Manny Pacquiao made his professional basketball debut on Sunday, just a month before he is set to defend his WBO welterweight crown.

Pacquiao started Sunday's game for the newly formed KIA Sorento of the Philippine Basketball Association but played only seven minutes and committed two turnovers in his team's 80-66 win over the Blackwater Elite at Philippine Arena. (MORE)

Golovkin stops Rubio in 2nd, defends WBA title

CARSON, Calif. (AP) Gennady Golovkin climbed into the outdoor ring with an exuberant sellout crowd chanting his name. Just a few minutes later, the middleweight champion stepped down with yet another dramatic win.

Golovkin is right at home in Southern California, and the savvy fight fans in his adopted home got exactly what they craved from the biggest knockout artist in boxing. (MORE)

Walters stops Donaire in 6th, wins 126-lb title

CARSON, Calif. (AP) Nicholas Walters stopped Nonito Donaire with a second left in the sixth round Saturday night, winning the WBA featherweight title in dramatic fashion.

Walters (25-0, 21 KOs), a fairly unknown fighter from Jamaica, punctuated his breakthrough performance by knocking down Donaire (33-3) for the first two times in the four-division champion's career. (MORE)

Golovkin eager to extend KO streak against Rubio

CARSON, Calif. (AP) Gennady Golovkin has stopped his last 17 opponents while rising to the top of the middleweight division. When he takes the outdoor ring Saturday night, the sellout crowd fully expects Golovkin's West Coast debut to end with his 18th straight knockout.

Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) hasn't disappointed anybody during his climb to stardom, but he knows Marco Antonio Rubio is tough enough to force Golovkin to work harder than ever before to get his next stoppage. (MORE)

Golovkin adds SoCal sellout to pugilistic feats

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) Just over two years ago, Gennady Golovkin was an unknown middleweight training far from home, desperately trying to establish a career while he still had time.

These days, Golovkin travels in luxury vehicles with a coterie of friends and assistants wearing his logo on their shirts. On Saturday night, the unbeaten WBA 160-pound champion will fight Marco Antonio Rubio in an arena overflowing with boxing fans eager to witness the next brutal feat by one of the sport's greatest talents. (MORE)

Column: Spinks fighting a different battle

LAS VEGAS (AP) Mr. T was his bodyguard, which right away tells you something about Leon Spinks and his brief yet wildly entertaining stint as the heavyweight champion of the world.

Someone had to keep watch over Leon and his full length fur coat. Someone had to know where his false front teeth were, and Mr. T and his gold chains had yet to make it big in television. (MORE)

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