Tuesday, 17 January 2012
The Greatest at 70: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali
We begin with what he did best. I could've chosen one of any number of videos to demonstrate just why he was a phenomenal sportsman in the ring but for me, one stands out.
Is this the greatest punch ever thrown in a Boxing Ring? In 1974 in the famous 'Rumble in the Jungle', Ali won back the World Championship Belt against George Foreman at the grand old age of 32. Harry Carpenter's Radio commentary added to the majesty of the moment as he described how Ali did it with a punch that came out of nowhere. It was the Ali way - soak up the punches and then counter-attack from off of the ropes.
"...and I don't think Foreman's going to get up...AND HE'S OUT. Oh my God, he's won the title back at 32".
Ali wasn't just quick and fleet of foot in the ring - he was quick with his mouth too.
Michael Parkinson saw this side of him more than most of his contemporaries. He interviewed Ali in 1971, 1974, 1975 and 1981.
You can't fail to watch this montage of Parky's favourite moments in his 'special relationship' with Ali without smiling at Ali's quick-witted responses.
Posted by Mark Cole at 14:00