MUHAMMAD ALI | Ralph Steadman remembers the Rumble in the Jungle

06/09/2016 01:36 PM

Forty-two years ago Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson and British artist and illustrator Ralph Steadman traveled to the Rumble in the Jungle. t in Zaire, Africa, but never made it to their ringside seats.

“I had to watch it on television,” Steadman told cn2. “I had come all the way to Zaire but Hunter sold our tickets, so what was I to do.”

Thompson and Steadman were on assignment at the 1974 fight for Rolling Stone magazine, but missed what would be known as one of the greatest sporting events of the 20th century. And for the now 80-year old Steadman he’d like it all to do over again.

“There’s kind of a nostalgic longing to have done it again, and say no, Hunter. Wait a minute. Let’s cover the fight.”

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