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March 12, 2012

Muhammad Ali Fans at Madison Square Garden 1970

In December 1970 Life Magazine photographer Bill Ray captured these funky fans on film, as well as famous faces in the crowd, such as Diana Ross, Jesse Jackson and Dustin Hoffman.

That night Muhammad Ali was fighting Oscar Natalio Bonavena from Argentina, who had gained himself the nickname 'Ringo' because of his Beatles style haircut. Ali went on to win the fight, although the ending was controversial as Ali stood over Bonavena as he was trying to get up, rather than going to a neutral corner as the rules required.



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