An iconic fight between two iconic boxers. On this day in 1974, Muhammad Ali beat George Foreman in one of the most historic fights.
Held in Zaire the fight pitted the undefeated heavyweight champion, Foreman, against the champ, Ali, who was widely expected be chewed up and spat out. Foreman was the biggest and baddest man on the planet but he was outfoxed by the then 32-year-old Ali, who unveiled his ‘rope a dope’ tactic of leaning back on the ropes and allowing himself to be hit.
The tactic, while damaging, sapped the energy of Foreman and when Ali vacated the ropes in the eighth, he earned the KO, becoming the first heavyweight to win the world title three times.
More memorable events on this day:
1945: Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson to the Montreal Royals having broken the colour barrier to previously sign him for the Dodgers.
1974: Nolan Ryan threw the fastest recorded pitch (100.9 MPH).
1988: The New York Jets beat the Pittsburgh Steelers for the first time.
2013: The Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 in the World Series for their eighth success.
A favourite in the UAE and a favourite across the world, the Argentina legend celebrates his 56th birthday and if you check out Sport360.com you’ll see video proof his sublime touch has not deserted him.
For the uninitiated, Maradona is among a trio of players widely argued to be the greatest footballer of all time – the other two being Pele and Lionel Messi. El Pibe de Oro almost single-handedly won the 1986 World Cup and guided Argentina to the final four years later.
He also took an unfancied Napoli side to its only two Italian titles after breaking the world-record transfer fee for the second time when he signed for the Partenopei Gli Azzurri from Barcelona in 1984. He brought his playing career to an end in 1997 before managing Argentina at the 2010 World Cup and of course here in the UAE with Al Wasl.
More sport star birthdays on this day:
1973: Adam Copeland, better known by his ring name‘Edge’, he is a former WWE wrestler (43).
1983: Iain Hume, Canadian striker who survived a nasty skull fracture after being elbowed in a game (33).
1986: Thomas Morgenstern, Austrian former ski jumper with three gold medals at the Winter Olympics (30).
1989: Nastia Liukin, retired Russian-American gymnast and the 2008 Olympic individual all-around champion (27).
The Beach Run, presented by Sport360 in association with Daman’s ActiveLife and New Balance, brought together people from all over the UAE for the fun-filled event.
There was a 1.8km Family Run, in addition to a 3.6km Fun Run for more adventurous runners, and a 7.2km Serious Run for avid competitors.
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