It’s a fact only known to a few select insiders, but Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman was only the second most significant contest to take place in Zaire in the fall of 1974. The first also involved Ali. His opponent was none other than The Godfather of Soul, James Brown.

No Mas and Muhammad Ali Enterprises celebrate
the 35th anniversary of The Rumble in the Jungle
and Muhammad Alis stunning victory in Zaire.
Original animated shorts by David Rathman, Jerome Lagarrigue and James Blagden debut 10/30/09.

Directed, Illustrated, and animated by James Blagden
Producer: Chris Isenberg
Music and Sound Design: “Cold Blooded” by James Brown. Written by James Brown and Pee Wee Ellis. Special Thanks to the James Brown Estate and Universal Records.