Here are 10 of the greatest photos of boxing great, Muhammad Ali, who has died at the age of 74, following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Considered by many to be the best boxer in history, Muhammad Ali proclaimed himself as the “Greatest of all time” in 1964 and the title stuck. Although defeated five times in his career, he is often referred to as “The Greatest” and is at the top of most boxing rankings. See the photos below:
1. The ability of Ali to move away from his opponent with grace was on display in this bout against Joe Frazier. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis.
2. Ali's capacity to deliver killer punches is aptly exemplified by Leon Spinks’s contorted face. Dirck Halstead/Getty Images.
3. A young Ali, then Cassius Clay, tries to impress his audience, which included Ronnie Spector (third left) and a young Stevie Wonder (in white tuxedo). Photograph: Redferns.
4. This is a scene from a party after Ali beat Sonny Liston for the heavyweight title. Such is the power of his celebrity, the assembled crowd, including Malcolm X (behind Ali), are jostling around him simply to watch him eat. Photograph: Dirck Halstead/Getty Images.
Ali had been passing a high-rise building in 1981 when he noticed a commotion; a man was threatening to commit suicide by jumping from the ninth floor. Ali asked the police officers if he could help and duly coaxed the troubled man down from the ledge. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis.
Ali prepares to unload a punch. The unusual patchwork of the background lighting, which seems to hang above the ring, is pretty electrifying as well. Photograph: Allsport/Getty Images.
One of the most celebrated magazine front covers of all time and understandably so. Carl Fischer’s shot for Esquire was the brainchild of art director George Lois who wanted to reference St Sebastian. Sticking the arrows on to Ali’s body was a nightmare, apparently; the arrows had to be strung up using fishing wire because they kept falling down.Photograph: Carl Fischer/Esquire
Ali sentences George Foreman to the canvas in ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’, and reclaimed the heavyweight title after his long suspension for refusing to be drafted into the US Army. Photograph: John Rooney/Associated Press
The most famous photo of Ali ever taken is of him standing over Sonny Liston, after he beat him their 1965 bout.
When Clay beat Liston, who was unable to answer the bell for round seven of their 1964 fight. Photograph: Photoshot/Getty Images