Excerpt from October 17, 1971 interview with Michael Parkinson
THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI investigates its extraordinary and often complex subject’s life outside the boxing ring. From joining the controversial Nation of Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, to his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War in the name of protesting racial inequality, to his global humanitarian work, Muhammad Ali remains an inspiring and controversial figure. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, Ali found himself in the center of America’s controversies over race, religion, and war. From Kartemquin Films – makers of such acclaimed documentaries as HOOP DREAMS and THE INTERRUPTERS – and Oscar-nominated director Bill Siegel (THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND), THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI examines how one of the most celebrated sports champions of the 20th century risked his fame and fortune to follow his faith and conscience.
Muhammad Ali, the legendary boxer who turned 70 last month, celebrated his birthday Saturday night with a cast of pop stars and sports icons at a Las Vegas gala to raise money for the battle against neurological disorders. More pics after the jump. Read More
“It’s Hard to Be Humble, when you’re as great as I am”
–Muhammad Ali aka Cassius Clay
“It’s not bragging if you can back it up”
more pics of Ali after the jump.
Smokin’ Joe, was a former Olympic and Undisputed World Heavyweight boxing champion, whose professional career lasted from 1965 to 1976, with a brief comeback in 1981. Frazier was diagnosed with liver cancer in late September 2011 and admitted to hospice care. He died November 7, 2011. Joe Frazier was the first boxer to defeat boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
R.I.P. Joe Frazier