Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali speaks

Big Shoes to Fill

Muhammad Ali Speaks

Muhammad Ali speaks after a sparring session at his training camp in Deer Lake, PA on October 27, 1973. His size 13 shoes are in the foreground.
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Ali speaks

Talking the Talk

Ali Speaks

Ali was holding court on a Saturday afternoon, egging on the press to give him their best shot. After the sparring match, he was relaxed and ready to rumble. I sat across from him while the reporters from the Daily News, the Times, and others badgered him with inane questions. The press treated Ali like he was the only thinking boxer in history, and they were there to get a nugget of insight into what made him tick.
I was just trying to keep it together, as I was sure I would never be in a room with Ali again as long as I lived, and I was right.

In this portrait, Ali reacts to a question from a reporter.

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Ali contemplates the future

Ali Contemplates His Future

Ali Contemplates the Future

Ali was holding court on a Saturday afternoon, complete with sparring matches to show his fans his footwork. As the afternoon stretched on, Ali became more open with my close proximity, so we got down to doing a series of portraits in his living quarters or in the ring.
Here Ali contemplates his future. There were times when the crew moved away from him, but in hindsight I don’t believe I did. I was there for a short time and I had a job to do. They had their jobs to do and I had mine.

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The Rubdown

Ali gets rubbed

Muhammad Ali gets a liniment rubdown after a sparring match at his training camp. I suppose the sneer is his response to the constant massaging of his muscles to keep them limber.

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Ali’s Talk

Ali's soft side

Muhammad Ali rests after a grueling sparring session at his training camp at Deer Lake, PA on October 27, 1973. Also in the room were members of the press who were attempting to have him make predictions about his forthcoming match with Joe Frazier. Ali was making his point on every topic under the sun.

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Ali makes a point

Ali Makes a Point

Ali makes a point

Ali was holding court on a Saturday afternoon with members of the print press, for whom he gave an extended interview. After the press had left, we got down to doing a series of portraits in his living quarters.

Aside from Angelo Dundee I was the only white man in the center and I have to say it was a very comforting experience to be around Ali and his crew. In spite of his stature in the ring, in private one could see the guys around him held his in the utmost respect.

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Ali gets a rub down

Ali and Angelo in the Corner

Ali and Angelo in the corner

Ali was having a sparring match with his sparring partner and in this shot, Angelo Dundee and another trainer were taping up his hands. After the press had gone for the day, Ali relaxed and posed for a series of portraits in his training camp quarters on October 27, 1973.

For the story see: http://janfaul.com/blog/.

It has been reported that these are the only portraits of Ali where he is not in a boxing ring. Aside from Angelo Dundee, I Was the only white man in the center, and I have been asked on many occasions if I were afraid, and the answer is, No! Not for a moment.

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Ali's eyes

Ali’s Eyes

Ali Stares - WW2 Memories

After the press had gone for the day, Ali relaxed and posed for a series of portraits in his training camp quarters on October 27, 1973. He wasn’t showing off nor was he evasive, and there was no showboating as those he could easily impress were gone for the day.

For the story see: http://janfaul.com/blog/ It has been reported that these are the only portraits of Ali where he is not in a boxing ring.

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