Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Greatest


Borrowing from the Iconic Photos Blog and in keeping with the theme from the previous week's image, this week also features something that has to do with sports. The historic photograph above was taken by Neil Leifer and shows the great Muhammad Ali standing over a knocked down Sonny Liston during their second fight for the WBA/WBC Heavyweight Championship held on May 25, 1965 in the city of Lewiston, Maine.

This photo has become one of the most iconic in boxing and in sports, and was chosen as the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine's "The Century's Greatest Sports Photos."

Growing up as a child, the name of Muhammad Ali was already legendary to me. While I had never watched an Ali bout before, I didn't have to when I saw this picture. Without knowing any details of any of his fights or his personal life, you can instantly guess the kind of man he was: a true athlete, a confident character, a real winner.

The fight was over within the second round of the match and many speculated that Liston threw the bout for different reasons, but regardless of how he went down, he was truly and utterly defeated that day. Liston lies helpless, looking up at the towering and powerful figure of Ali who seems to be screaming, "I am the greatest!"

Mr. Leifer's career as a photojournalist spans over 40 years, covering different sporting events for various Time, Inc. magazines. Even with all the other great photographs that he has taken, it is this one that has cemented his reputation as one of the greatest sports photographers of all time.

70 comments:

Sam A Lot said...

What a photo! Love your blog.

ankmanpro said...

Wow the guy is like twice as big as ali lmao

ankmanpro said...

Lmao, that guy is at least twice as big as ali!

AUD said...

Always had respect for Ali! A great boxer and what a great photo of him!

Esun said...

Muhammad Ali is iconic indeed!

dgrphx said...

that camera really did capture history

Every Day said...

Awesome, I too never watched a bout by Ali before.

fabio_2007 said...

this pic looks awesome

Sam said...

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!!

DeadBeef said...

This picture will always stand the test of time

Polybius said...

truly awesome photo

Daily01 said...

History is in that picture!

Erika said...

His facial expression XD

Franco - TRG said...

A great photo.
It's also very inspiring!

Coco said...

oohh... that's should hurt.. nice post lol...

following you

TheHarvester said...

he looks like Breno vom fc bayern munich lol

Inhia said...

this guy, was such a baller.

F&S

Bart said...

he was all talk :D

amBored said...

they are beast

Dudemeister said...

He'll always be Cassius Clay to me.

Tasos said...

speaking of immortalizing the moment. you are doing it right!

chronometer said...

What can I say... Great picture!

Banacek said...

I heard this picture was staged and that Liston was paid to take a dive.

Chris said...

He's always stinging like a bee.

G said...

Loved ALi's fights - he was such a showman!

Moob said...

love it

Shutterbug said...

It's a winning photo! ;)

Agustin Creevy said...

THE BEST, tho is sad to watch him nowadays, he can barely talk :(

Trapper said...

Awesome photo! You always deliver!

Bassislv said...

This pic needs some captions, I can imagine how funny it can be

Venus said...

a true legend!

thenitefalls said...

When you look at this picture you can tell he's a winner :D

Arcita said...

ah awesome post. i actually just got done watching the fighter so i have boxing on my mind as well.

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Big Unicorn said...

Hell yeah, muthafuckin ALI. This poster features prominently in my boxing gym.

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ChefJRH said...

This is a great picture!

ExoticBlogger said...

love this photo! nice blog!

Sam said...

This is an amazing image, I'm saving it!

T. Roger Thomas said...

Looking forward to your next post.

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Josh said...

Fantastic picture. I've never really sat with it before.

Lenny said...

awesome blog!
following.
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Elememental said...

he looks angry

Alphabeta said...

Ali Kumbaya!

Bubi said...

that's scary

The Angry Lurker said...

A legend in his prime, beautiful picture.

My name is Maman. I'm one who likes all kinds of music. said...

beautiful angle shooting.

Raw said...

What a great shot, he was at the perfect spot for that one.

duffboi said...

epic win, it appears :)

Anonfourtwenty said...

This is a sweet blog. LOVE this picture!

Rorschach Redemption said...

I find it hard to believe that isn't a posed shot. I know it isn't, but it is one of those moments.

Trapper said...

One of my fav blogs, love these classic pics

Chris said...

what a beautiful photo. It captured the moment, i feel like i am there just by looking at the photo

Charles said...

nice pic

skinned sheep said...

haha hes all like yeeeeeee.....

xSCYTHERx said...

Such an amazing photo, great blog. Following!!

Christophe said...

WOW! That's an amazing photo.

Azurikai said...

has this in mah dorm room!

Found on the Internet Today said...

He is and always will be the greatest.

DocStout said...

Nothing I've seen in modern sports photography can hold a candle to this image.

JaksonHunt said...

such a powerful photo

D3 Blogger said...

Awesome pic man :)

JFoster said...

This is an absolute classic

Joe Safdam said...

Epic moment brilliantly captured :)

Necroticism said...

Now THAT'S an iconic photo.

Merkin said...

That is a good picture, captured the moment perfectly. On another note, a relative of mine (grandfathers brother maybe?) took a picture of a footballer and his teammate hugging after a game that's not an actual trophy given out. It's pretty awesome.

HiFi said...

Awesome photo! Ali the conqueror.

Internetttt said...

an all time great photo of an all time great! i love your blog!

SirJohnBear said...

What a stunning photo of the champ!

Vexu said...

wonderful photo, thx for sharing :)

Billl Righteous said...

Thats right, EAT MY FIST!

Sam: said...

Deep emotion inside that!!
great posting please post more!!

followed!!

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