Not just the greatest boxer in history, but arguably the most influential athlete of all-time, Ali was adored all over the world. The Louisville, Kentucky native will be laid to rest in his hometown on Friday.
Muhammad Ali was probably the greatest boxer of all time, but some of his witticisms were just as entertaining and stinging as anything he did in the ring. Having beaten the British champion Henry Cooper in in a fight that narrowly missed this list, Ali was far from unknown he had won gold at the Olympics after allbut was tipped to be a bit too green for Liston.
The fleet feet of Ali saw him bamboozle Liston and the champ's face puffed up like a balloon due to Ali's persistent jabs. Then, in his corner after the fourth round, Ali started complaining about pain in his eyes. According to trainer Angelo Dundee "there was something caustic in his eyes" and Ali wanted his team to stop the fight and "prove to the world there's dirty work afoot".
Whether Liston's camp acted untoward or not, Ali remained too quick for his opponent, who nearly punched himself into oblivion through the next two rounds.
And, when he did not answer the bell for the seventh round, Ali screamed those immortal words: I shook up the world.
Muhammad Ali beats Ernie Terrell video Ali famously converted to Islam after taking the title from Liston and did away with his "slave name" Cassius Clay.
Terrell refused to use Ali's new name in the lead-up to the bout, prompting Ali to fire back by calling him an "Uncle Tom". The barbs continued to fly alongside the punches in the ring, with Ali dancing away or getting into a clinch and asking: Fight of the century: Ali loses to Joe Frazier on March 8, The granddaddy of all hyped-up boxing bouts, Ali met Joe Frazier for the first time at Madison Square Garden in for the "fight of the century".
January 17, in Louisville, Kentucky Stance: Ali entered the fight as the challenger after losing three years of his prime due to his refusal to fight in Vietnam, but both fighters were unbeaten at the time — Frazier was 23 knockouts and Ali was 26 knockouts. With countless celebrities, Frank Sinatra taking photographs for Life Magazine, and credentialed media members ringside, Ali was stronger from the opening bell, but he was not the same man since his government-imposed break from the sport and he tired through the middle rounds.
Even so, things were more or less even until round 11, when Frazier started landing some of his famed power shots. In the final round, he caught Ali with a vicious left hook that plonked Ali on his back for just the third time in his pro career.
Ali leapt back to his feet at a speed that belied the power of the punch, but the judges awarded the fight to Frazier via unanimous decision.
Rumble in the Jungle: Rumble in the Jungle Probably the most famous fight in history once again pitted Ali against an unbeaten power puncher. If Frazier hit like a Mack truck, Foreman was a freight train and he had destroyed Frazier in two rounds to claim the title. Foreman had also pummelled Ken Norton, the only other fighter who had beaten Ali to that point, and there were concerns about what Foreman could do to Ali, or any boxer for that matter, in the ring.
The Congolese locals in Kinshasa — in modern-day Democratic Republic of Congo — loved Ali, who used his fancy feet and quick wit in entertaining workouts. Muhammad Ali leaves behind a legacy of thrilling fights, trash talk poetry and taking a stand against inequality and war.
Meanwhile, the soft-spoken Foreman was in his gym, standing flat-footed and bashing the innards out of a heavy bag with right hooks.
Once all the typical pre-match chat was over with, Ali showed his intelligence by outboxing Foreman. He surprised Foreman by regularly throwing right-hand leads and holstered his dancing routine to unveil the rope-a-dope, leaning way back on the ropes and allowing Foreman to exhaust himself as he swung away at Ali's body.
It was a risky tactic body blows don't exactly tickle, after all but it worked a treat and as Foreman starting tiring, Ali started taunting — "Hit harder, George! I thought you were supposed to be bad! A brutal left-right combination by Ali stopped Foreman in the eighth round.
The Louisville Lip had his title back. The Thrilla in Manila The third fight between Ali and Smokin' Joe was one of boxing's greatest spectacles with one of the sport's saddest footnotes. After Frazier beat Ali inAli claimed a unanimous-decision victory over Frazier in January ofsetting up the mother of all deciders in the Philippines.
Frazier seriously resented Ali and it only intensified after Ali labelled him an "ugly dumb gorilla" and "the white man's champion" ahead of their third bout.
The fight was predictably brutal for all those reasons and so many more. Starting at almost After 14 rounds of brutality lacking the skill and style of their famous fight four years earlier, both fighters were running on empty, but it was Frazier's trainer, Eddie Futch, who stopped the fight after seeing his man bruised and effectively blind.
Futch stopped a protesting Frazier from coming out for the 15th round and the title remained in the hands of Ali, who collapsed with exhaustion straight after the win was made official.
There were calls for Ali to retire after the bout. Instead, he battled on for 10 more fights over the next six years, but was never the same as a fighter or a man after the Thrilla in Manila.
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