History | Premium | Jun 03 2019

The Muhammad Ali 50

Fifty moments, both good and bad, that shaped the legend of Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali

When Ali’s trainer decided to corner Jimmy Ellis in 1972 (because he was also Ellis’ manager), Muhammad engineered a spat between the pair to sell the fight. There was no truth in it, and they were reunited after Ali beat Ellis in 12 rounds.

After taking a meaty whack from brilliant light-heavyweight puncher Bob Foster in 1972, Ali feigned – or disguised – he was hurt, wobbling his knees theatrically. Cut for the first time, Ali battered Foster to defeat in eight rounds.

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