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Autographed Muhammad Ali Photograph

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  • Width:
    14 Inches
  • Height:
    9 3/8 Inches
  • Period:
    20th Century
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Muhammad Ali is perhaps the most charismatic and spirited figure of the 20th century. The way in which the boxing legend could energize a room and deliver his distinct, witty tongue-lashings to his opponents made him a sports phenomenon. This black and white photograph was taken of Ali in 1974 during a press conference in which he announced his famed Rumble in the Jungle Heavyweight Championship fight in Zaire against the reigning title holder, George Foreman. In the lower left corner, one can see the unmistakable visage of a young Norman Mailer. The image is autographed by Ali and was part of the private collection of boxing promoter and telecommunications expert Henry "Hank" Schwartz. 

 Ali had lost the World Heavyweight titles in 1971 against "Smokin'" Joe Frazier by unanimous decision. On January 22, 1973, Frazier would lose the championship to relative newcomer, George Foreman. Prior to the Rumble in the Jungle, Foreman had won 18 of his previous 20 matches by knock out in three rounds or less, an almost unheard of feat at the time. Ali's announcement of the Zaire bout was met with skepticism, with many in the sports world believing Foreman was simply too virile and young for Ali to beat.

"The time may have come to say goodbye to Muhammad Ali, because, very honestly, I don't believe he can beat George Foreman." -Howard Cosell

"Howard Cosell: you told everybody I don't have a chance. You told them I don't have nothing but a prayer. Well, chump, all I need is a prayer. Because if that prayer reached the right man, not only will George Foreman fall, but mountains will fall." -Muhammad Ali's response to Cosell

Ali's quick-witted verbiage carried over quite favorably to the people of Zaire. He became an instant sensation and was often met on his runs and random outings with the chant "Ali, bomaye!" ("Ali, kill him!") Ali proved true to his word and defeated Foreman in the 8th round by knock out. The 1974 billed as the Rumble in the Jungle is still regarded as the most important sporting event in history, cementing Muhammad Ali's status as truly "the greatest of all time."

The framed photograph is signed by Muhammad Ali in the lower right corner.

14" wide x 9 3/8" high 

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