MUHAMMAD ALI FAMOUS FIGHTS COLLAGE Framed with UV 99% museum quality acrylic glass with custom framing ! "The Phantom Punch" MAY 25,1965 Lewiston, MaineSigned photo by the "Greatest !! Also included are 8" x 10" photos of Ali vs Frazier, George Foreman, Ken Norton and Ali with his famous trainer "Bundini" Brown.The ending of the second Ali-Liston fight remains one of the most controversial in boxing history. Midway through the first round, Liston threw a left jab and Ali went over it with a fast right, knocking the former champion down. Liston went down on his back. He rolled over, got to his right knee and then fell on his back again. Many in attendance did not see Ali deliver the punch. The fight quickly descended into chaos. Referee Jersey Je Walcott, a former World Heavyweight Champion himself, had a hard time getting Ali to go to a neutral corner. Ali initially stood over his fallen opponent, gesturing and yelling at him, "Get up and fight, sucker!" "Nobody will believe this!" The moment was captured by ringside photographer Neil Leifer in what became one of the most iconic images in sport, chosen as the cover of the Sports Illustrated special issue, "The Century's Greatest Sports Photos." Ali then began prancing around the ring with his arms raised in victory. When Walcott got back to Liston and looked at the knockdown timekeeper, Francis McDonough, to pick up the count, Liston had fallen back on the canvas. Walcott never did pick up the count. He said he could not hear McDonough, who did not have a microphone. Also, McDonough did not bang on thecanvas or motion a number count with his fingers. McDonough, however, claimed Walcott was looking at the crowd and never at him. After Liston arose, Walcott wiped off his gloves. He then left the fightersto go over to McDonough. "The timekeeper was waving both hands and saying, 'I counted him out‚¬the fight is over,'" Walcott said after the fight. "Nat Fleischer [editor of The Ring] was seated beside McDonough and he was waving his hands, too, saying it was over." Walcott then rushed back to the fighters, who had resumed boxing, and stopped the fight‚¬awarding Ali a first-round knockout victory. The fight ranks as one of the shortest heavyweight title bouts in history. Many in the small crowd had not even settled in their seats when the fight was stopped. The official time of the stoppage was announced as 1:00 into the first round, which was wrong. Liston went down at 1:44, got up at 1:56, and Walcott stopped the fight at 2:12. Muhammad Ali born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., January 17, 1942 June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer, widely regarded as one of the greatest and most significant sporting figures in history. From early in his career, Ali was known as an inspiring, controversial and polarizing figure both inside and outside the boxing ring. Clay was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and began training when he was 12 years old. At 22, he won the world heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston in an upset in 1964. Shortly after that, Clay converted to Islam, changed his "slave" name to Ali, and gave a message of racial pride for African Americans and resistance to white domination. In 1966, two years after winning the heavyweight title, Ali further antagonized the white establishment by refusing to be conscripted into the U.S. military, citing his religious beliefs and opposition to American involvement in the Vietnam War. He was eventually arrested, found guilty of draft evasion charges and stripped of his boxing titles. He successfully appealed in the U.S. Supreme Court, which overturned his conviction in 1971. By that time, he had not fought for nearly four years‚¬losing a period of peak performance as an athlete. Ali's actions as a conscientious objector to the war made him an icon for the larger counterculture generation. Ali remains the only three-time lineal world heavyweight champion; he won the title in 1964, 1974, and 1978. Between February 25, 1964, and September 19, 1964, Ali reigned as the heavyweight boxing champion. Nicknamed "The Greatest", he was involved in several historic boxing matches. Notable among these were the first Liston fight, three with rival Joe Frazier, and "The Rumble in the Jungle" with George Foreman, in which he regained titles he had been stripped of seven years earlier. Ali retired from boxing in 1981. At a time when most fighters let their managers do the talking, Ali, inspired by professional wrestler "Gorgeous George" Wagner, thrived in‚¬and indeed craved‚¬the spotlight, where he was often provocative and outlandish. Also included are 8" x 10" photos of Ali vs Frazier, George Foreman, Ken Norton and Ali with his famous trainer "Bundini" Brown.A really gorgeous piece! This item is professionally framed and matted with unique craftsmanship put into it. It's covered with museum quality acrylic that has 99% UV protection. All this encased in a sturdy frame that measures approximately 44" x 25 " x 2"A piece of Sports History that would look great on any wall!
Note: These photos are 30, 40, and 50 years or older. There could be a light surface scratch, dimple, small crease, finger prints, fading, yellowing, bend, tear, food stain, etc. There are ones that do not have any defects at all. We will do the best to note all blemishes. THESE ARE TRULY RARE COLLECTOR'S ITEMS (Cool bonus on some of these >> many of them were Stamped "Property Of Paramount Studios etc." On The Back. We will try to make note of this in the individual listings) All of these photos were purchased years ago from the original collector! This collection contains a fantastic array of One of a Kind autographed photos that are both unique and RARE. These are from decades past and many have never been seen before now. Classic stars of the Golden Age of yesteryear available for a whole new generation! Plus familiar Hollywood or everyone! Additionally, when noted, the signatures are professionally authenticated by JSA (James Spence Authentication)! Get a piece of TV or movie memorabilia while it's still readily available! JSA (James Spence Authentication)! Get a piece of TV or movie memorabilia while it's still readily available!