Muhammad Ali: Highlights from boxing legend’s big fights

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Remembering Muhammad Ali, 1942 – 2016
Friday June 3rd, 2016

Muhammad Ali, legendary boxer and social activist, died on June 3, 2016. He was 74.

Ali is widely considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, having won the heavyweight title three times. Ali’s brilliance in the ring endured despite his 1967 arrest for refusing to join the United States military, which halted his boxing career for four years as the case went to the Supreme Court.

After the Supreme Court overturned Ali’s conviction, he resumed boxing and his successes continued. Ali fought in numerous big-time bouts, perhaps none more famous than his two duels with Sonny Liston, a trilogy of fights with Joe Frazier and “The Rumble in the Jungle” with George Foreman.

Here are highlights from some of Ali’s biggest fights.

From the SI Vault: The Art of Ali (05.05.69)

Ali vs. Liston I


And here’s SI’s gallery of Ali-Liston I.

Ali vs. Liston II

Ali vs. Frazier I, “The Fight of the Century”

Ali vs. Frazier II


Ali vs. Foreman, “The Rumble in the Jungle”

Ali vs. Frazier III, “Thrilla in Manila”

Ali is survived by his wife Lonnie and nine children.

– Rohan Nadkarni

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