Muhammad Ali at The O2
An exhibition celebrating the Muhammad Ali's incredible rise from humble beginnings to becoming the three times heavyweight champion of the World and known as The Greatest.
For the first time outside of USA, people will discover the true story behind one of the most recognizable sports figures of the 20th Century, experiencing a taste of the ‘Muhammad Ali Center’, the museum in Louisville dedicated to the six core principles of Ali’s life and be inspired by a story that transcends boxing glory with its humanity and diversity.
A full size boxing ring will allow the visitor to experience the thrill of the fights, be mesmerized by the grace and power of Ali the boxer and also the incredible amount of hard work, dedication and personal sacrifice that went into each fight. Visitors will experience a taste of the gym, the pre-fight rituals and feel something of the excitement the fighter feels before a match.
The exhibition will feature personal artifacts belonging to Muhammad Ali, including:
Muhammad Ali’s ‘Two Time World Champion’ rings from 1974 and 1978, presented to Drew ‘Bundini’ Brown.
Muhammad Ali’s worn 1980 headgear inscribed to Sylvester Stallone.
Torches and Participation Medals from the 1960 Rome Olympics, where Ali won the gold medal in boxing’s Light Heavyweight class in his last group of amateur fights.
Muhammad Ali is far more than just a boxer and the exhibition will 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. Also, 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.