An exhibition entitled ‘I Am The Greatest’ opens today, Friday 4th March, at the O2 Arena in London. The exhibition is devoted to life and career of Muhammad Ali. Considered by many to be the greatest boxer of all time, Ali was unique in holding the world heavyweight championship on three separate occasions. The exhibition includes more than 100 pieces of memorabilia including Ali’s world championship belts and unseen archive footage of the boxer and it will run until the 31st August.
The former heavy weight champion of the world is now 74 years of age and was due to open the show himself but could not travel to London as a result of his on-going battle with Parkinson’s disease. However it is still hoped that he might be able to visit London and the exhibition later in the summer.
Born on the 14th January 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, the then Cassius Clay first came to prominence by winning the 1960 Olympic heavyweight gold medal in Rome. In 1974 he controversially converted to the Muslim religion and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. In 1967 after refusing conscription into the US military during the Vietnam War, Ali was stripped of his world title. He was arrested and did not fight again for four years. His conviction was later overturned by the US Supreme Court.
Big-screen films of almost all the great fights are included, the first against Cooper, the Liston sensation, the Joe Frazier epics ‘The Fight of the Century’ and the ‘The Thrilla in Manilla’, and the immortal ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ with George Foreman.
Constructed in celebration of the new millennium and originally called the Millennium Dome, the O2 Arena is the second largest indoor arena in Europe and is used to stage many large music events. It is situated on Greenwich peninsular on the River Thames in South East London.
For more information go to http://www.theo2.co.uk/events/detail/i-am-the-greatest
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