Muhammad Ali iconic photo

Some of the greatest sports images of all times that come to mind are from Muhammad Ali. When you think of boxing you think of his iconic moments, you think of Ali standing over his opponent while his opponent is laying on the ground almost lifeless. The image below is no different, this was taken at the Astrodome in Huston in 1966, Muhammad Ali vs. Cleveland Williams. This photo was taken by Neil Leifer a Sports Illustrated photographer. By far my favorite sports photo of all times.

Neil Leifer: “I think this is the best picture I ever made. It’s the only picture of mine that I have in my home. I could go on for a long time about the technical aspects of the shot, how I studied the Astrodome, planned the photo for weeks before the fight, pictured the shot in my head, rigged up the remote trigger that I used to get the shot from above while I was physically down at ringside shooting the fight — but what makes this so special to me is that it’s as close as I’ve ever gotten to a perfect shot. Ali, Williams, the referee, the reporters, the symmetry, the drama — it’s the one photograph I’ve taken where, looking back, I’d change nothing.”

Muhammad Ali

Photograph by Neil Leifer.

Fast forward to 6:08 to see the KO.


Whats your favorite sports photograph of all times?