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Inspiration: Muhammad Ali

Often referred to as the ‘greatest boxer of all time’, Muhammad Ali celebrated his 70th birthday in January 2012.

A sporting giant, Ali was also a social activist who refused conscription in opposition to the Vietnam War. As a result he was stripped of his boxing licence and titles during what would arguably have been his best years as a sportsman. He eventually returned to the ring four years later and fought a succession of classic boxing matches, including The Rumble in the Jungle against George Foreman and the Thriller in Manila against his greatest rival Joe Frazier. Ali was World Heavyweight Champion three times. A charming and articulate man who could speak across class and racial divides, he was and is a hugely popular figure. In 1984 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, but nevertheless remains an active public figure.

This image, taken by Neil Liefer and featured in the book GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) published by Taschen, shows a unique view of an Ali bout, which was fought at the Houston Astrodome. A jubilant Ali raises his arms aloft to celebrate victory in his 1966 title fight against Cleveland Williams, who lies prostrate following a knockout.

GOAT ( Greatest Of All Time) costs £99.99 and is available from www.taschen.com 

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