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Leon Gast

Jeffrey Levy-Hinte Delivers a Blast of 'Soul Power'

Professional boxing has fallen into such a state of cultural irrelevance that it’s hard to imagine a time when a single bout, staged more than 8,000 miles from the sport’s unofficial home in Las Vegas, could have galvanized spectators around the globe. Yet that is precisely what happened in 1974, when Muhammad Ali and George Foreman faced off in Kinshasa, Zaire, in the epic fight billed the “Rumble in the Jungle.”

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