History

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali brings to life one of the most indelible figures of the 20th century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated millions of fans across the world with his mesmerizing combination of speed, grace, and power in the ring, and charm and playful boasting outside of it. Ali insisted on being himself unconditionally and became a global icon and inspiration to people everywhere.

Round Four: The Spell Remains (1974-2016)

1h 39m

Muhammad Ali shocks the world by defeating George Foreman, winning back the heavyweight title and becoming the most famous man on earth. After retiring in 1981, he travels the world spreading his Islamic faith, and becomes a symbol of peace and hope.

Episodes

  • Round Four: The Spell Remains (1974-2016): asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Round Four: The Spell Remains (1974-2016)

    S1 E4 - 1h 39m

    Muhammad Ali shocks the world by defeating George Foreman, winning back the heavyweight title and becoming the most famous man on earth. After retiring in 1981, he travels the world spreading his Islamic faith, and becomes a symbol of peace and hope.

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    Round Three: The Rivalry (1970 - 1974)

    S1 E3 - 1h 50m

    Muhammad Ali battles his fiercest rival, Joe Frazier, and the U.S. government, as he attempts to regain the heavyweight title. He first loses to and then defeats Frazier, but to become champion again, he will have to beat George Foreman.

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    Round Two: What's My Name? (1964-1970)

    S1 E2 - 1h 54m

    Cassius Clay publicly joins the Nation of Islam and takes the name Muhammad Ali. When he refuses induction into the Army, he is stripped of his title and forced into exile. After three years he returns to the ring, but he’s lost a step.

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    Round One: The Greatest (1942-1964)

    S1 E1 - 2h 9m

    Boxer Cassius Clay rises up the amateur ranks to win gold at the 1960 Olympics. He turns professional, sharpening his boxing skills and honing his genius for self-promotion. In 1964, he upsets Sonny Liston to become heavyweight champion.

Extras + Features

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    Muhammad Ali Is Found Guilty of Refusing the Draft

    S1 E2 - 2m 39s

    An all-white Houston jury found Muhammad Ali guilty of refusing the draft. He was sentenced to five years in prison and fined $10,000. His lawyers filed an appeal. Though he remained free during this time, he was stripped of his title and was not allowed to box. Still, he expressed that going into service would be against his faith and the teachings of Islam.

Schedule

Ali in Washington

Ali in Washington

3m 2s

On April 22, 1967, Muhammad Ali visited Howard University in Washington and gave a speech emphasizing Black pride, just days before refusing induction into the U.S. army to fight in the Vietnam War. Howard students were in the midst of their own protests over the war and Howard's identity as a Black university. For student leaders like Tony Gittens, Ali's visit was a turning point.

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