Photos - Fotos: Thomas Hoepker - Muhammad Ali - Cassius Clay - Part 1 - 14 photos - Photo-journalism - Foto-periodismo - Links

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Thomas Hoepke ~ Ali


Thomas Hoepker
GREAT BRITAIN. 1966.
Muhammad ALI with Jim BROWN on the set of the film "The Dirty Dozen."


Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., January 17, 1942) is an American former professional boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport's history. A controversial and even polarizing figure during his early career, Ali is today widely regarded not only for the skills he displayed in the ring but for the values he exemplified outside of it: religious freedom, racial justice and the triumph of principle over expedience.[1][2] He is one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years, crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC.[3][4]

Born Cassius Clay, at the age of 22 he won the world heavyweight championship in 1964 from Sonny Liston in a stunning upset. Shortly after that bout, Ali joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name. He subsequently converted to Sunni Islam in 1975, and later to Sufism.

In 1967, three years after winning the heavyweight title, Ali refused to be conscripted into the U.S. military, citing his religious beliefs and opposition to the Vietnam War. He was eventually arrested and found guilty on draft evasion charges and stripped of his boxing title. He did not fight again for nearly four years—losing a time of peak performance in an athlete's career. Ali's appeal worked its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, where in 1971 his conviction was overturned.

Ali would go on to become the first and only three-time lineal World Heavyweight Champion.

Nicknamed "The Greatest", Ali was involved in several historic boxing matches.[5] Notable among these were the first Liston fight, three with rival Joe Frazier, considered among the greatest in boxing history, and one with George Foreman, where he regained titles he had been stripped of seven years earlier.

Ali revolutionized the sport by the sheer power and magnetism of his personality. At a time when most fighters let their managers do the talking, Ali was articulate, witty and loquacious. He easily controlled press conferences and interviews, spoke freely and intelligently about issues unrelated to boxing and wrote rhymes that humorously denigrated his opponents and predicted the round in which "they must fall."


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Thomas Hoepker
GREAT BRITAIN. London. 1966.
Muhammad ALI in a restaurant with Herbert MUHAMMAD, son of Black Muslim leader Elija Muhammad


Thomas Hoepker
GREAT BRITAIN. London. 1966.
Muhammad ALI in his hotel room before a title fight.


Thomas Hoepker
GREAT BRITAIN. London. 1966.
Muhammad ALI training prior to a fight


Thomas Hoepker
GREAT BRITAIN. London. 1966.
Muhammad ALI with a knockout victory against Brian London


Thomas Hoepker
GREAT BRITAIN. London. 1966.
World heavyweight champion Muhammad ALI in his London hotel room prior to a fight.


Thomas Hoepker
GREAT BRITAIN. London. 1966.
World heavyweight champion Muhammad ALI is fitted for a new suit


Thomas Hoepker
GREAT BRITAIN. London. 1966.
World heavyweight champion Muhammad ALI is scared by a bee while visiting a movie set



Muhammad Ali o Mohamed Ali,1 nacido Cassius Marcellus Clay (Louisville, Kentucky, EE. UU., 17 de enero de 1942), es un exboxeador estadounidense. En su etapa amateur logró la medalla de oro en los Juegos Olímpicos de Roma 1960, y como profesional ganó el título de campeón indiscutido de la categoría de los pesos pesados en 1964 a la edad veintidós años, el cual recobraría diez años después. En 1978 se agenció otro cetro de campeón, por lo que se le considera el primero en ostentar por tres ocasiones un título mundial en dicha categoría.

Se caracterizó por su estilo de boxeo alejado de la técnica tradicional, aunque era un conocedor del deporte y de sus contrincantes.2 Fue dirigido la mayor parte de su carrera por el entrenador Angelo Dundee, y sostuvo memorables combates contra los más renombrados pugilistas de su tiempo, como Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, George Foreman y Ken Norton; y seis de sus peleas han sido consideradas como las mejores del año por la revista The Ring. Otra de sus características más reconocidas ha sido la de verter opiniones irreverentes sobre diversos temas, así como los pronósticos de sus contiendas.

Fuera del cuadrilátero, Muhammad Ali se erigió como una figura con influencia social desde los años 1960 cuando se opuso a su reclutamiento por parte de las fuerzas armadas de su país durante la Guerra de Vietnam, declarándose objetor de conciencia y pese al rechazo de los defensores del nacionalismo estadounidense.3 Formó parte de la organización religiosa de la Nación del Islam y, aunque se ganó detractores por su conducta independiente de los estereotipos sobre los afroamericanos, a partir de los años 1970 consiguió el respeto como figura deportiva de renombre mundial, especialmente tras su pelea contra George Foreman.4 En el ocaso de su carrera profesional, empezó a dar muestras de desgaste físico y después de su retiro ha padecido de la enfermedad de Parkinson.

Entre los numerosos reconocimientos recibidos se encuentran la Medalla Presidencial de la Libertad; el ingreso al Salón Internacional de la Fama del Boxeo; el título de «Rey del Boxeo» por parte del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo; y «Deportista del Siglo XX» por Sports Illustrated y la BBC, entre otros.


http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Ali

 
Thomas Hoepker
GREAT BRITAIN. London. 1966.
World heavyweight champion Muhammad ALI prays to Allah before the first round of a title fight
 

Thomas Hoepker
Muhammad ALI at home.
USA. Berrien Springs, Michigan. 1997


Thomas Hoepker USA. Berrien Springs, Michigan. 1997. Muhammad ALI at home


Thomas Hoepker
USA. Chicago, Illinois. 1966.
Muhammad ALI flirts with Belinda Boyd in a bakery shop. Belinda later became ALI's second wife as Khalilah Ali


Thomas Hoepker 
USA. MUHAMMAD ALI, boxing world heavy weight champion. Ali, suffering from Parkinson's disease, is bering driven to his home in Berrien Springs, Mich. He holds photo by Thomas Hoepker, taken in 1966





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