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Dan Rafael's 10 Greatest Fights Of All Time

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Foreman vs. Lyle

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Foreman lost the heavyweight title to Muhammad Ali in "The Rumble in the Jungle" in his previous fight 15 months earlier, and Lyle was two fights removed from also being stopped by Ali in a title fight when the hard-punching contenders collided in a wild brawl akin to bulls battling in a china shop. They traded ferocious punches, and both were staggered throughout the fight. The fourth round, one of the most action-packed in heavyweight history, saw Foreman get dropped twice and Lyle once before Foreman finally put him away with a barrage in the fifth that left Lyle limp on the mat.