Muhammad Ali: A Life In Words and Pictures

Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali may have passed away recently on June 4 at the age of 74, but his legend will live on in pictures and memories — especially the video at the end of this post.
1954

Muhammad Ali at age 12.

 

 

1960

His professional boxing debut was on October 29, 1960, in Louisville’s Freedom Hall against Tunney Hunsaker.

1962

Ali at City Parks Gym in New York in February 1962.

1965

Muhammad Ali training in his gym in May 1965.
1965

Ali standing over fallen challenger Sonny Liston after a short hard right to the jaw on May 25, 1965, in Lewiston, Maine.

 

1965

Heavyweight champion Ali speaking to the Illinois Athletic Commission on Feb. 25, 1966 in Chicago.

1967

Proving he’s more than just fists of fury, Ali sang with Johnny Carson, host of NBC’s Tonightshow, in February 1967 in New York.

 

1967

Ali, left, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke with reporters on March 29, 1967 in Louisville, Ky.

1967

Ali speaking at an anti-war rally at the University of Chicago on May 11, 1967.

1968

Ali addressing a gathering at a Black Muslim convention in Chicago.

1971

Muhammad Ali was pushed into the ropes by heavyweight champion Joe Frazier, left, during the fourth round of their heavyweight title bout on March 8, 1971 in New York.

 

1974

 

George Foreman takes a right to the head from Ali in the 7th round in the boxing match dubbed “Rumble in the Jungle” in Kinshasa, Zaire.

1975

Hungarian-born British boxer Joe Bugner took a beating in their title fight at the Merdeka Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

Ali won the fight, keeping his World Heavyweight title.

1975

Ali delivers a left and right to Joe Frazier in the 14th round of their title fight on Oct. 1, 1975 in Manila. Moments later, Frazier’s trainer signaled to the referee to stop the fight and Ali retained his heavyweight title.

 

1977

 

Ali kissing his newborn daughter on Dec. 30, 1977 in Miami Beach. Laila would go on to be an unbeaten professional fighter in her own right.

 

1979

Muhammad Ali and his wife, Veronica attend a Los Angeles Lakers game on Sept. 6, 1979.

1985

Quite the unlikely trio: Muhammad Ali, Liberace, and Hulk Hogan got together at Madison Square Garden in preparation for their upcoming wrestling event on March 29, 1985.

1993

During a visit to Beijing on Feb. 25, 1993, Ali was surrounded by hundreds of Chinese school children.

1996

 

Here he’s participating in a ceremony for the holy month of Ramadan in the Royal Palace in Rabat, Morocco, in January 1996.

 

1996

Ali held the torch before lighting the Olympic Flame during the Opening Ceremony of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.

1996

Ali speaking with boxer Mike Tyson at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) student union ballroom in 1996.

1997

Ali embraced Prince, a legend in his own right, during a meeting in Washington in June 1997 before a news conference where they announced plans for a benefit concert.

1999

He received the Sports Illustrated 20th Century Sportsman of the Century Award in New York in December 1999.

1998

Whitney Houston greeted Ali as he arrived on stage at New York’s Radio City Music Hall to accept a GQ “Men of the Year” Award on Oct. 21, 1998.

2000

 

Ali accompanied by his daughters Mya Mya, left, and Hana at the premiere of the film The Original Kings of Comedy in Los Angeles on Aug. 10, 2000.

2002

Ali with his daughter Laila after she beat Suzy Taylor to win the IBA Super Middleweight title on Aug. 17, 2002 at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas.

 

2005

He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in Nov. 2005 in the East Room of the White House.

2005

He had a front row seat to see his daughter Laila fight Asa Maria Sandell from Sweden in Berlin on Dec. 17, 2005.

2016

Here he is with Carrie Underwood during Celebrity Fight Night XXII in Phoenix on April 8, 2016.

 

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