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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Classic Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali:
The Greatest

Sports is filled with showmen, and with great athletes, but perhaps never were they better combined than in the young man who began life as Cassius Clay and became a worldwide phenomenon as Muhammad Ali. The man who bragged about his ability to "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee" went from being a curious oddity in the early 1960s to a national villain to an international hero. And now he reigns as one of the most beloved men on the planet.

Muhammad Ali won the heavyweight championship with a 7th round TKO of Sonny Liston on February 25, 1964 in Miami.

25 Hours of Ali
ESPN Classic
Friday, Dec. 21 - Saturday, Dec. 22
All times Eastern
Friday, Dec. 21
8 p.m. - SportsCentury: Muhammad Ali
9 p.m. - Ali vs. George Foreman (1974)
10 p.m. - Ali vs. Sonny Liston I (1964)
11 p.m. - SportsCentury: Muhammad Ali
Saturday, Dec. 22
Midnight - Ali vs. Oscar Bonavena (1970)
1 a.m. - Ali vs. Karl Mildenberger (1966)
2 a.m. - Ali vs. Jurgen Blin (1971)
3 a.m. - Ali vs. Ron Lyle (1975)
4:30 a.m. - Ali vs. Jerry Quarry I (1970)
5 a.m. - Ali vs. Cooper/Ali vs. Williams
6 a.m. - Ali vs. Zora Folley (1967)
7 a.m. - Classic Wide World of Sports - Ali and Cosell: A partnership begins
8 a.m. - Classic Wide World of Sports - Ali and Cosell: On the road
9 a.m. - Classic Wide World of Sports - Ali and Cosell: A dance, a drubbing and the draft
10 a.m. - Classic Wide World of Sports- The Ali comeback
11 a.m. - Classic Wide World of Sports - The march to Frazier rematch
Noon - Classic Wide World of Sports - 1974: Rematch and redemption
1 p.m. - Classic Wide World of Sports - 1975: From the sublime to the ridiculous
2 p.m. - Classic Wide World of Sports - Ali vs. The greatest fighters
3 p.m. - Classic Wide World of Sports - The end of a career
4 p.m. - Ali vs. Jerry Quarry II (1972)
4:30 p.m. - Ali vs. Jimmy Ellis (1971)
5:30 p.m. - Classic Battle Lines: Ali vs Joe Frazier I
6:30 p.m. - Ali vs. Frazier III (1975)
8 p.m. - Reel Classics Uncut: "Ali"

Muhammad Ali by the numbers
Bouts Wins Losses Draws KO W KO'd L Won World Heavyweight title
61 56 5 0 37 19 1 4 3 times

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