History | Premium | Jun 03 2019

The Muhammad Ali 50

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

50. WITHOUT DUNDEE
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.

49. SPAGHETTI LEGS
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.

48. SUICIDE JUMPER
In 1981, CBS broadcast footage of Ali talking to a man who intended to complete suicide by jumping from the ninth floor on Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. After 20 minutes, the man came off the ledge and down to safety through the fire escape.

 

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