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These programs are virtually unheard of from the night Muhammad Ali danced in Croker. It was a relatively undistinguished fight, but the surrounding events made it especially memorable and historic. The man universally revered as The Greatest carved out yet another chapter in his storied history when he descended upon the land of his ancestors. After announcing that his maternal great-grandfather had emigrated from County Clare over a century earlier, the tiny country of Ireland became enthralled with the presence of the world’s most charismatic athlete. He had a memorable and long-lasting effect on the people of the Emerald Isle, especially those who paid homage during his short visit, including Jack Lynch, civil rights campaigner Bernadette Devlin, Oscar-winning director, John Huston, and actor Peter O'Toole. Offered are three programs from Muhammad Ali’s 1972 visit to Dublin, Ireland to fight Al “Blue” Lewis. Dubbed, “The Big Fight”, this was one of the most historic fights in Ali’s career, not because of the fight itself, but because of his political influence. Ali defeated Lewis in 11 rounds at Croke Park. The group of three programs is highlighted by a program which features the famous photo of Muhammad Ali standing over a fallen Sonny Liston (1964). This is one of the most famous images in all of boxing history. Another is printed in multi-color with the text, “The Big Fight” in red lettering. Condition of programs is EX to EX-MT. Included are two 8x10” wire photos from the fight. Each is stamped with “Independent Newspapers Ltd.” on the verso. EX-MT condition and each is marked in black felt tip on the front with the date and location of the fight.
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