Today, that country's bright light, 32-year-old Makabu from Kananga, will be involved in another history-making bout. This happens 45 years since the Rumble in Jungle.
Makabu, who is trained in Joburg by Damien Durandt, will welcome Michal Cieslak from Poland for the WBC cruiserweight vacant title.
Makabu has more experience compared to his 30-year-old foe who is undefeated in 19 fights with 13 knockouts. Makabu has 24 knockouts in 26 wins and two losses. He captured the WBC Silver belt which he vacated in November paving way for Thabiso Mchunu to fght for and win it in December in Russia
Victory will make him one of the few Africans who have held the WBC belt - which is regarded as the most prestigious world title of them all. Formed in 1963, the WBC belt is what every fighter wants.