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The Greatest in the spotlight again

FAMILY AFFAIR: Ali with daughter Laila

THE GREATEST boxer of all time is to be the subject of a major exhibition. I Am The Greatest, will showcase the extraordinary life and career of the world’s most famous heavyweight, Muhammad Ali.

The exhibition opens at The O2 in London on March 4 and will run until August 31. Tickets go on sale on January 29.

I Am The Greatest will tell Ali’s story both inside and outside of the ring, from his humble beginnings in Kentucky where he was known as ‘The Louisville Lip’, to becoming one of the most recognisable sports figures of the 20th Century, now known as ‘The Greatest of All Time’.

The exhibition will feature more than 100 artefacts, including unseen footage, photographs and rare personal memorabilia - taking visitors through Ali’s incredible journey.

A full size boxing ring, positioned at the front of the exhibition, will provide an interactive experience through which visitors will get an up close and personal look at the American legend’s incomparable work ethic and revolutionary boxing techniques.

His wife, Lonnie said: "Muhammad and I are very excited to be part of a project that will connect Muhammad with a whole new generation of fans.  

“The O2 has done an incredible job working with the Muhammad Ali Centre to share Muhammad's legacy and ideals with audiences around the world. The family is anticipating that we will attend this tremendous celebration of the six core principles that shaped his life.”
Ali is far more than just a boxer though and the exhibition will also reveal the stories behind his refusal to join the American military fighting in the Vietnam war and subsequent struggle to be accepted back into the boxing world.

His religious conversion and his incredible interactions with some of the world’s most powerful and influential leaders including Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and even Saddam Hussein and Leonid Brezhnev during the height of the Cold War.

He was named ‘Fighter Of The Year’ by Ring Magazine more times than any other boxer, and he dominated his sport like no one else ever has.

In 1999, Ali was awarded both the BBC Sports Personality Of The Century and Sports Illustrated magazine’s Athlete of the Century awards.

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