|The following article is a dedicated contribution from Jeff Burns.|
Son of Africa
Both the champion and his challenger arrived in Kinshasa some three or four weeks before the duel, under promoter Don King's instructions to promote the fight which was to be relayed 'live' all around the world by satellite. Ali made the most of his time portraying himself as the 'Son of Africa.' He was clearly going to attract the support of the locals come fight night whilst 'Big George' became alienated and isolated. It became clear to all that Ali was way ahead in the popularity stakes.
To make matters worse for the champion he sustained a cut-eye in training and the fight was postponed for one month to 31st October 1974. The champion intended to continue his training in the States but promoter King insisted he remain in Kinshasa.