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May 30, 2015

22 Amazing Photographs of Legendary Boxer Muhammad Ali From Between the 1960s and 1970s

Here's a collection of 22 amazing photographs of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali from the archives. The gallery includes pictures of some of Ali’s most memorable fights as well as many distinctive portraits from his life outside the ring.

Muhammad Ali dodges a punch from Joe Frazier at the "Fight of the Century"March 8, 1971. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis

Muhammad Ali taunting Joe Frazier during training for their fight in 1971. Photograph: John Shearer/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Muhammad Ali and Stevie Wonder at The Apollo, 1963. Ali was still known as Cassius Clay when this photo was taken. Photograph: Redferns

On 15 September 1978 Ali defeats Leon Spinks at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans to win the world heavyweight boxing title for the third time in his career, the first fighter ever to do so. Following his victory, Ali retired from boxing, only to make a brief comeback two years later. Photograph: Dirck Halstead/Getty Images

A quick and homespun bit of showmanship which made for a striking photograph, 1963. Ali had been accused of being a loud-mouth for always predicting when he would beat his opponents. He needed no words and just two props to fashion a comic response to such criticism. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Bob Thomas/Getty Images

February 01, 1964. Black Muslim leader Malcolm X standing behind tux-clad Cassius Clay (now Muhammad Ali), who is surrounded by jubilant fans after he beat Sonny Liston for the heavyweight championship of the world. Photograph: Bob Gomel/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty

Muhammad Ali helps talk a suicidal man off the ninth floor of a high-rise structure in Los Angeles, 1981. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis

Gordon Parks’ shot of Ali after a training session in Miami in 1966. Photograph: Gordon Parks/AP

September 05, 1960. The winners of the 1960 Olympic medals for light heavyweight boxing on the winners' podium at Rome: Cassius Clay (now Muhammad Ali). Photograph: Central Press/Getty Images

This image of Ali and George Foreman, taken before Ali’s second fight with Jerry Quarry in 1970? Photograph: Neil Leifer/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images

Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) spars with challenger Floyd Patterson during the World Heavyweight Championship fight. Clay won the fight with a technical knockout in the 12th round. 25th November 1965. Photograph: Allsport/Getty Images

Photograph: Jess Tan/AP

Photograph: Harry Benson/Hulton

Challenger Muhammad Ali watches as defending world champion George Foreman goes down to the canvas in the eighth round of their WBA/WBC championship match in Kinshasa, Zaire, which is now known as the Republic of Congo, Oct. 30, 1974. Photograph: RED/AP

Muhammad Ali sitting on a Million Dollars, 1963. Photograph: Howard Bingham

Multiple exposure portrait of Muhammad Ali demonstrating "Ali Double-Clutch Shuffle" during a photo shoot at Life Studios. New York, New York. December 30, 1966. Photograph: Neil Leifer/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images

Muhammad Ali sits in the back seart of a car with an unidentified man and holds up eight fingers for the camera, Louisville, Kentucky, 1963. Photograph: James Drake/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Sammy Davis Jr gets some pointers from Muhammad Ali in January 1965, in Manhattan, New York, after the comedian had performed a show. Photograph: Bettmann/CORBIS

Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, shouting and gesturing shortly after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw on May 25, 1965, in Lewiston, Maine. Photograph: John Rooney/Associated Press

January 24, 1963. Heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay, aka Muhammad Ali, in his locker room on the night of his fight vs. Charles Powell. Photograph: James Drake/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

February 25, 1964. Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) jumps for joy after winning the world heavyweight boxing title from fellow American Sonny Liston at Miami Beach, Florida. Liston retired at the start of the seventh round of the scheduled fifteen round contest. Ali rushes around the ring, screaming 'I am the greatest!'. Photograph: Photoshot/Getty Images

Muhammad Ali seen walking back to his corner after KO of Cleveland Williams at the Houston Astrodome, Nov. 14, 1966. In 2003, this was voted the greatest sport photo ever by the Observer. Photograph: Neil Leifer/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images

(via The Guardian)


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