May 10, 2021

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koThe story behind one of the most iconic sports photos of all time

By Alex Lockie From Business Insider

In one of the most iconic sport images of all time, we see a triumphant Muhammad Ali returning to his corner after dealing a devastating knockout blow to Cleveland Williams in the third round of their 1966 bout.

The picture, taken by Neil Leifer, was snapped from a camera suspended from the ceiling. Leifer would claim this as his favorite shot of his 40-year career as a photographer.

As in the photo, the two fighters, Ali and Williams, were symmetrical leading up to the bout. Both stood at 6 feet 3 inches, with Williams having a slight advantage in weight and possibly power, but Ali maintaining an important hand and foot speed advantage.

At the moment the picture was snapped, the fighters were posed in much the same way, with the important distinction being that Williams was dazed on his back after being counted out, and Ali was standing tall and facing a cheering crowd.

IMAGE: Neil Leifer Muhammad Ali knocks out Cleveland Williams in 1966.

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