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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Rumble In The Jungle

Rumble In The Jungle (Fight Card)
By Jack Tunney (David James Foster)
Fight Card Production
Rating 5-Stars

It’s 1953 and Brandon “Slugger” O’Toole is suffering from the death of his wife. Becoming an alcoholic his boxing has really hit bottom. After the last fight, his trainer drops him, and he buries himself in the bottle. When a gang of youths rolls him after leaving a bar one night, he’s unable to defend himself and beaten badly. Waking up, he’s being cared for by the bar owner and his wife. They invite him to their Christmas party, and there he’s offered a job with a construction company building a hotel in Africa.

The job in Central Africa is going well until rebels, the Sezanda Socialist Army, attempts to take control of the country. Foreigners are captured and taken to Hell Camp XXI, where they are imprisoned under the command of a former Nazi, whose idea of discipline is to have a huge boxer beat the prisoner to death, or near death. When O’Toole interferes with the beating of a young friend, he is forced into the ring, but beats the boxer.

This is another top ranked story. Not only do we have good boxing sequences, when the prisoners revolt they capture weapons and a miniature war ensues inside the camp. A British unit was also being held prisoners, and O’Toole had been a marine in WWII, and was equally as good with gun and fists.

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