November 01, 2014

Annotated list: the 25 best photos of Muhammad Ali, inside and outside the ring.

posted by rumple to boxing at 11:27 PM - 5 comments

I can't think of too many other athletes that have been so well photographed so often in their careers.

posted by grum@work at 11:55 AM on November 02, 2014

No surprise, he loved the camera and the camera loved him. As the author points out, this picture is a rarity in that it shows him without self awareness or artifice.

posted by rumple at 03:48 PM on November 02, 2014

Number 20 is the classic one I'll always remember.

There's a scene in When We Were Kings when Ali is training on a road somewhere in Zaire, and he comes over to the camera and starts talking while still exercising.

His charisma just about leaps through the screen and grabs you by the throat.

posted by owlhouse at 08:34 PM on November 02, 2014

Remember those times well, watched that first Ali-Frazier fight when closed circuit first came out, watched it live at a drive-in. Still say Ali won. Ali took boxing to a whole new world wide level. Howard Cosell helped make Ali a household name and Ali helped make Howard Cosell a household name, heavyweight boxing went downhill when promoters got greedy when they started making numerous titles and stripping fighters of titles because they wouldn't fight their fighters when they wanted them too. Those were the glory years of heavyweight fighters.

posted by ic23b at 08:20 PM on November 03, 2014

Tried to edit a couple grammar errors but the ads on the page cover up part of the text, not bad anyway when I could only see half of what I was typing.

posted by ic23b at 08:25 PM on November 03, 2014

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