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# Muhammad Ali

Last year
# The Greatest
'The interaction with the ordinary people, that was oxygen for Ali as his physical decline developed'
Dave Hannigan’s new book, ‘Muhammad Ali: Fifteen Rounds in the Wilderness’, offers a fascinating insight into the strangest period of an incredible life.
All time
'Bonavena’s insult had to be translated, but when Ali heard it he became incensed'
Read this passage from ‘Shot at a Brothel’.
Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks dies at 67
The Olympic gold medal winner was among the few to defeat Muhammad Ali in a title bout.
'He didn’t become a fully formed human being until his heavyweight title was stripped away'
Legendary American sportswriter Robert Lipsyte discusses Muhammad Ali on this week’s edition of Behind the Lines.
# deluded
'Never mind Mike Tyson, I'd have beaten Muhammad Ali'
Tyson Fury claimed last night that he is the greatest heavyweight in the sport’s history.
Muhammad Ali and the mafia
How murder and mayhem were linked to the legendary boxer.
# Decline
'He was an old man at 41' - Muhammad Ali and the cost of being a boxing great
An extract from Jonathan Eig’s book reveals the extent of the legend’s suffering following his retirement.
# Interview
The Irishman who battled alcoholism, fought for the world title and was never knocked down in 57 pro bouts
Seán Mannion chats to The42 about his remarkable boxing career.
# The Greatest
Donald Trump thinking 'very seriously' about pardoning Muhammad Ali
A lawyer for the late heavyweight champ says the pardon ‘would not be necessary’.
# grilling
'I wasn’t intentionally being mean, I just figured that’s how you gotta do it' - George Foreman recalls when he was king
We spoke to the former heavyweight champion about life inside and outside the ring.
# not that one
Muhammad Ali banned for two years after positive test
The British boxer tested positive for Trenbolone in April last year.
# Looking Back
‘Ali was a great champion, an important civil rights figure, but he treated women horribly’
Author of the William Hill-shortlisted Ali: A Life, Jonathan Eig, chats to The42 about the boxer’s legacy.
# turning the tables
'Bad guys are supposed to lose. I change that. I win'
This extract from Ali: A Life focuses on the legendary boxer’s early days and his bout with Sonny Liston.
# Contenders
Which of these 7 sports books deserves to win the prestigious William Hill prize?
Jonathan Eig’s book on Muhammad Ali is among this year’s stellar connection.
# Stung
British Olympian Muhammad Ali facing lengthy ban after testing positive for a steroid
The 21-year-old Yorkshireman has been provisionally suspended after failing a test in April.
# essential reading
Here are the 7 sports books shortlisted for the William Hill prize
The choices, which have been whittled down from a longlist of 16, also include Centaur, the memoir of jockey Declan Murphy.
# essential reading
Here are the 16 sports books longlisted for the William Hill prize
Judy Murray’s book on life with her son Andy and a biography on the late Muhammad Ali are among the contenders.
# Ali
How many punches did Ali take? New book counts them all
It’s the one-year anniversary of Ali’s death today.
# Interview
From sit-down protests to Muhammad Ali mayhem: the storied life of a Croke Park steward
Steward Frank Brady was there the day Muhammad Ali took on Al ‘Blue’ Lewis in Croke Park.
# travel ban
Muhammad Ali's son stopped at US airport due to Trump's travel ban
This was the second time he was detained.
# Sports fan
Taoiseach found Ali's death the most difficult celebrity loss to take this year
The Taoiseach also said he believed UFC fighter Conor McGregor is a superstar.
# looking ahead
'He has all the attributes to be a superstar' - Conlan backed to revive American boxing
Top Rank President Todd duBoef thinks the Irish boxer has the credentials to be a success.
# stinging defeat
British flyweight Muhammad Ali fails to live up to name as he exits Olympics in round of 16
Venezuela’s Yoel Finol advances to the quarter-finals after his win.
# essential reading
Watching Rocky II with Muhammad Ali and more of the week's best sportswriting
Also, a tribute to the late Kimbo Slice and partying with Ronaldo in Bolivia at Copa America ’97.
# Ali
'Muhammad Ali was America, he will always be' - Obama pays tribute to boxing icon
A memorial service was held for three-time world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
# laid to rest
Thousands line the streets to say a final goodbye to Muhammad Ali
The man they called the greatest had his life celebrated by presidents and the public alike today.
# Kentucky
In Photos: Thousands line the streets for Muhammad Ali's funeral
The former heavyweight world champion passed away a week ago today.
# Champ
Muhammad Ali: From the segregated south to world stardom
The world will bid farewell to The Greatest today.
# Reaction
Foreman: I keep seeing Ali's face like nothing has happened
The duo formed an unbreakable bond following their ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ in 1974.
# Ali
Ali scripted funeral plans in exacting detail in 'The Book'
The Champ knew how he wanted to say farewell.
# Support
Watch that time Muhammad Ali talked a suicidal man down off of a ledge in LA
The boxing legend died on Friday night from septic shock at the age of 74.
# The Greatest
The world invited to say goodbye to the late, great Muhammad Ali at public funeral
Friday’s public service will feature a eulogy from Bill Clinton.
# fighting his corner
The time Muhammad Ali called out football manager Brian Clough
The former Nottingham Forest manager was more than a match for Ali in the linguistic stakes.
# The Greatest
Casey contests UFC 199 bout 24 hours after the death of father-in-law Muhammad Ali
Casey took on Elvis Mutapcic in Los Angeles.
# Legends
VIDEO: The day Kilkenny legend Eddie Keher taught Muhammad Ali to hurl
“He was using the hurley like a tennis racket,” Keher recalls.
# final round
'We whispered in his ear: 'You can go now'' -- Ali's daughter Hana
The way Muhammad Ali staged one last fight was “a true testament to the strength of his spirit and will.”
# KO
The story behind one of the most iconic sports photos of all time
Boxing great Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74.
# Legend
5 key fights in Muhammad Ali's career
The boxing legend’s career was defined by a number of grueling contests.
# Looking Back
'They look pretty rough these football and hurling players' - when Ali visited Ireland
The boxing legend came to Ireland as he prepared for a 1972 fight in Croke Park.
# Obituary
From Rome to Manila: Muhammad Ali 'shook up the world'
The world lost The Greatest last night.