For the first time outside of the USA, people will discover the true story behind one of the most recognisable sports figures of the 20th Century, experiencing a taste of the Muhammad Ali Center, the museum in Louisville dedicated to the six core principles of Ali’s life, and be inspired by a story that transcends boxing glory with its humanity and diversity.
A full size boxing ring will allow the visitor to experience the thrill of the fights, be mesmerised by the grace and power of Ali the boxer, and also see the incredible amount of hard work, dedication and personal sacrifice that went into each fight. Visitors will experience a taste of the gym, the pre-fight rituals and feel something of the excitement a fighter feels before a match.
The exhibition will feature personal artefacts belonging to Muhammad Ali, including:
- Muhammad Ali’s ‘Two Time World Champion’ rings from 1974 and 1978.
- Muhammad Ali’s 1980 headgear inscribed to Sylvester Stallone.
- Torches and Participation Medals from the 1960 Rome Olympics, where Ali won the gold medal in boxing’s Light Heavyweight class.
Muhammad Ali is far more than just a boxer. The exhibition will reveal the stories behind his refusal to join the American military, fighting in the Vietnam War and his subsequent struggle to be accepted back into the boxing world. Also, his religious conversion and his incredible interactions with some of the world’s most powerful and influential leaders including Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, and even Saddam Hussein and Leonid Brezhnev during the height of the Cold War.
Whether you're a fan of the man of not, this exhibit is bound to provide an incredible insight into the sport, the times and America as a whole as it evolved and changed during Ali's lifetime.
Adults: 16 years and over
Concessions: students, senior citizens, Greenwich card holders.
Children: 5-15 years old.
Under 5s can enter for free.
Monday-Friday: 10am-4pm last entry (clear by 5:30pm)
Saturday-Sunday: 10am-5:30pm last entry (clear by 7pm)
The O2, North Greenwich
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