‘Hating people because of their colour is wrong, and it doesn’t matter which colour does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.’
Ali returned to boxing in 1970. The 70s were perhaps Ali’s most famous years. He fought Joe Frazier (‘Frazier is so ugly that when he cries, the tears turn around and go down the back of his head’) in the so-called ‘Fight of the Century’ in Madison Square Garden. Frazier won, though Ali was to beat him in two further bouts, one of which, the ‘Thrilla in Manila’, went 15 rounds. Afterwards, Ali was to say that he had experienced ‘what death feels like.’
Ali’s most famous bout was however, the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ against the mighty George Foreman. Again, no-one gave Ali a hope of winning. Foreman was feared throughout the boxing world; his previous 8 fights had not gone beyond the 2nd round!