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Guardian Article

Observer picture archive: Muhammad Ali in Miami, 7 March 1971 Photographer Chris Smith and writer Hugh McIlvanney joined The Greatest at his Miami training camp before the Fight of the Century: Ali vs Frazier at Madison Square Garden. Greg Whitmore This is an edited extract from an article, Superman at Bay by Hugh McIlvanney, published …

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Taken from The 10 best photographic portraits:   12 December 2010, Eamonn McCabe. Chris Smith: Muhammad Ali (1971) Taken at the 5’“ Street Gym, Miami, as Ali prepares for his fight with Joe Frazier (1971). Chris Smith, who worked on this newspaper in the late 60s and early 70s, was my hero. His sports photographs won many awards …

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Chris Smith first met Ali in the aftermath of his fight with Sonny Liston

Photographing great sporting events and personalities never fails to thrill. I’ve been doing it for 50 years and one of the highlights was photographing Muhammad Ali. Charisma, the power to charm and inspire, he had by the fistful, as well as magnetism to draw people to him. He was athletic, with great strength and speed. …

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