NEW - Muhammad Ali - 10 Classic Fights Collage. We are delighted to offer this sensational new collage celebrating the career of Muhammad Ali – arguably the greatest sportsman in history.
Muhammad Ali (formerly Cassius Clay) fought 61 times as a professional in a career that spanned 3 decades, making his professional debut in 1960 on the back of his Olympic Gold Medal and retiring in 1981. Aside from defeats in his last 2 fights when he was way past his best, Ali only lost 3 times and avenged all those defeats in rematches - the 2 fights for World Titles (Joe Frazier 1974) and (Leon Spinks 1978) are both included in the collage. By winning the Leon Spinks fight in 1978, Ali became the first fighter to win the World Heavyweight Championship 3 times.
Iconic images from his biggest fights are included in the collage – “I shook up the World” – Cassius Clay (as Ali was formerly known) chanting after his shock win over heavy pre-fight favourite Sonny Liston. Possibly the most iconic image of all – Clay standing over Liston after the 1st round knockout in the 1965 rematch in Lewiston, Maine is also featured in the collage.
“The Rumble in the Jungle” Ali v George Foreman, Kinshasa, Congo in 1974. Ali was a huge underdog before the fight, but absorbed heavy punishment in the early rounds before delivering a devastating knockout in the 8th round.
“The Thriller in Manila” Ali v Joe Frazier 1975, Manila, Philippines 1975. This was the 3rd and widely considered the best of their epic trilogy of fights. The 2nd fight in New York where Ali avenged his defeat by Frazier in the first fight is also included. We have chosen not to include the first fight in the trilogy with Joe Frazier as we have limited the selection to fights that Ali won.
British fight fans will enjoy the inclusion of the 1963 Cassius Clay v Henry Cooper fight. Wembley Stadium roared as Cooper floored Ali with seconds remaining in the 4th round. The bell and a delay to replace Ali’s gloves gave Ali time to recover and win the fight in the following round after Cooper couldn’t continue due to heavy bleeding from a cut eye.
The 1966 fight with Cleveland Williams is one for boxing connoisseurs – his 3 round demolition was widely considered to be Ali’s best performance of his career. His fights with Floyd Patterson, a former 2 time world champion (1965) and Ernie Terrell (1967) are both considered by boxing experts to be amongst Ali’s greatest fights.
The collage is available as a 32” x 20” photographic print with all the text in place (Fight dates, venues and results). The collage is also available in a frame ready mount at 34” x 21” and fully framed at approx. 37” x 24”.
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