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Sports 'Muhammad Ali' documentary Round Four: From the Rumble in the Jungle to Parkinson's

05:35  23 september  2021
05:35  23 september  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

Q&A: Ali gets the Ken Burns treatment in 4-part PBS film

  Q&A: Ali gets the Ken Burns treatment in 4-part PBS film Considering the number of movies, documentaries and other entertainment vehicles made about Muhammad Ali, it would seem that — much like the former heavyweight champion at the end of his 1971 fight against Joe Frazier — there’s not much left to offer that's fresh. Will Smith played Ali. Ali even played Ali in “The Greatest.” The 1996 documentary “ When We Were Kings ” about Ali’s “Rumble in the Jungle” bout with George Foreman won an Oscar. Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns knew there were more layers to reveal in Ali’s rise from his Louisville, Kentucky, roots into the source of Black pride who captivated America with his boxing braggadocio, his contentious refusal to fig

This is a special episode about Muhammad Ali and the story of one of his most famous fights, “ The Rumble in the Jungle ”. The central chapter of the book is a blow by blow account of the whole 8 rounds , but the book also I think that’s because the interview was done later, when symptoms of Parkinson ’ s were Ali did win the heavyweight title again in the early 70s but lost it to Joe Frazier.

After 8 brutal rounds , Ali came off the ropes and hit Foreman with a lightning fast combination that sent him tumbling towards the ground. Instead of throwing follow up punches, Ali stared Foreman down as he seemed to fall in slow motion towards the floor. No one at the time had given Ali much of a chance, despite all of his talent and experience. This was mainly because of Foreman’ s immense power. Big George had walked through almost every competitor he had ever faced, with his longest fight being an epic slugfest with Ron Lyle that lasted just five rounds .

The documentary "Muhammad Ali" premiered Sunday on PBS and continues with three more segments, airing through Wednesday.

The four-part series is directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon and chronicles Ali’s life from his childhood growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, to the global icon he became as a result of his boxing, beliefs and courage as he dealt with a debilitating disease.

Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in their 1974 fight. © STR, AFP/Getty Images Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in their 1974 fight.

The final episode, titled "The Spell Remains," aired Wednesday night and focused on Ali shocking the world by defeating George Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle, winning back the heavyweight title and becoming the Greatest.

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The Jungle . By the end of the round , however, Ali had settled into what would become a familiar pattern, leaning back on the ropes, right where Foreman had trained so hard to put him. You know what he told me?" Foreman said in Champions Forever, a documentary about the great boxers of Still bowing from the waist in this uncomprehending position, eyes on Muhammad Ali all the way, he

Muhammad Ali (/ɑːˈliː/; born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.; January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer, activist, entertainer and philanthropist.

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INSIDE LOOK: Ken Burns' four-part documentary gives an expansive look at boxing legend's life

REVIEW: 'Muhammad Ali' documentary doesn't shy away from boxer's flaws

ROUND ONE: The Greatest, premiere of documentary on legendary boxer

ROUND TWO: Fighting Liston, the Nation of Islam, and Vietnam

ROUND THREE: Joe Frazier rivalry, overturned conviction and infidelities

Here are some of the highlights from the finale.

ROUND FOUR: THE SPELL REMAINS (1974-2016)

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At 32 years old, many thought Ali was over the hill, especially matching up against heavyweight champion George Foreman, who had knocked out 37 of his first 40 opponents. The $10 million dollar purse was key to the fight being finalized, along with setting of Kinshasa, Zaire and the backdrop of Mobutu Sese Seko, the country’s dictator, who ruled with absolute power.

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Muhammad Ali beat George Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle in Zaire 38 years ago today. But I pulled the wool over everybody' s eyes And in round eight it was Foreman who was looking at the skies. I float like a butterfly and sting like a bee, But this time I showed my brain was the fastest part of me. People said: "You can only win by slipping his fists," So I took them on and he could not resist, For when the Bull began to slow Muhammad Ali showed his punches, by Allah, could land the blow.

Movie · Documentary · 2017 · 1 Hour, 24 Minutes – Cast as America’ s Villain in the famed Rumble in the Jungle against Muhammad Ali , George Foreman lost one of the greatest fights in sports history. Immediately after the defeat, "Big George" fell into a spiral that made him abandon boxing and spend 10 years becoming an ordained minister following a near death experience. 20 years later on and into his 40’ s , Foreman began an improbable climb back to the summit of world boxing becoming the heroic figure he’d always been destined to be, and writing one of the greatest underdog stories ever told.

Foreman did not receive a hero’s welcome in Africa and threatened to leave Zaire after he suffered a cut above his eye in a sparring session, postponing the fight for six weeks. The Zaire citizens turned against the champion and instead threw their overwhelming support to Ali chanting “Ali bomaye” or "Ali, kill him," during his training runs and sessions.

The closest I ever felt to death

The brutality of the Thrila in Manila, the finale of Ali’s epic trilogy with Joe Frazier, cannot be understated. Round after round and punch after brutalizing punch, the two men were clearly a shell of themselves; Ali could barely defend himself and Frazier was constant target practice for Ali’s jab and his mouthpiece went flying out of the ring in the 13th round.

Frazier’s corner finally threw in the towel before the 15th round. After his TKO victory, Ali collapsed in the ring. “It was like death. Closest thing to dying that I know of,” Ali later said. The champion would be urinating blood for weeks and it is already apparent that his motor skills were already deteriorated.

Opinion: 'Muhammad Ali' documentary doesn't shy away from boxer's flaws

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Muhammad Ali had a knockout of a 71st birthday, celebrating with friends and family and watching a video of his " Rumble in the Jungle " win over George Foreman in Africa. Ali 's former business manager, Gene Kilroy, said the fighter -- who has long suffered from Parkinson ' s -- particularly "He's very comfortable in his Parkinson ' s body. As he said many times, it could be worse." Kilroy said Ali 's eyes lit up as he watched the video of himself knocking out Foreman in the 1974 fight in what was then Zaire. Foreman had been a big favorite in the fight, but Ali stopped him in the eighth round in one of

Muhammad Ali v George Foreman. The Rumble in the Jungle , perhaps boxing' s most famous fight, attracted a 60,000 crowd to the Stade du 20 Mai in Kinshasa, Zaire -- now the Democratic Republic of Congo -- on October 30, 1974. Zaire' s President Mobutu put up m to bring the fight to Kinshasa and put the Ali sat on the ropes and absorbed punishment until George Foreman tired before unloading a stunning combination. Ali looked on the point of collapse after a lot of punishment through his rope-a-dope tactics, but he suddenly went on the attack in the eighth round to floor his fellow American and

Calls to quit

As soon as the fight in Manila was over, some in Ali’s inner circle, had begged him to quit. Instead after the third Frazier fight, he stepped into the ring five more times within a 15-month span because of the need for money. Ali had retired after regaining the heavyweight title for the third time after a victory over Leon Spinks in their rematch and gave up his title in June 1979, only to return to the ring a year later to fight Larry Holmes. In the fight against Holmes, Ali landed only 42 punches in the 10-round defeat.

Surprise in Atlanta

The International Olympic Committee asked Ali if he wanted to light the torch at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He declined at first worried about the world seeing his notable symptoms of Parkinson’s, primarily the violent shaking. But he was convinced by his good friend, photographer Howard Bingham to show up and make an appearance. Olympic champion swimmer Janet Evans was thought to be the one to light the torch and as she ran up the ramp towards the torch, Ali appeared, his presence being kept a secret from almost everyone.

'Muhammad Ali': Takeaways from Round One: The Greatest, premiere of documentary on legendary boxer

  'Muhammad Ali': Takeaways from Round One: The Greatest, premiere of documentary on legendary boxer The documentary "Muhammad Ali" premiered Sunday on PBS and continues with three more segments. Here are the highlights from the first part.The four-part series is directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon and chronicles Ali’s life from a Louisville youth looking to find his way in the world to the global icon he became as a result of his boxing, beliefs and courage as he dealt with a debilitating disease. The rest of the segments will start at 8 p.m. ET.

The champ silenced

In September 1984, Ali was officially diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a nervous system disorder that affects movement and speech.  Over the next 30 years, Ali became even more devoted to his faith, traveling extensively on humanitarian trips to Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Cuba, even performing magic tricks for Cuban president Fidel Castro.

As the years went on and the disease progressed, he became the most admired man on Earth, befitting of one who is called “The Greatest.” In 2015, he was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the nation's highest civilian honor, by President George W. Bush.

Ali died on June 3, 2016 of septic shock at a Scottsdale, Arizona hospital at the age of 74.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Muhammad Ali' documentary Round Four: From the Rumble in the Jungle to Parkinson's

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