Thursday 9 June 2016

Exhibition - I Am The Greatest: Muhammad Ali at The O2


  • Exhibition artefacts, which originally belonged to Muhammad Ali, will include
  • Muhammad Al's 'Two Time World Champion' ring from 1974, presented to Drew 'Bundini' Brown
  • Muhammad Ali's 'Three Times World Champion' ring from 1978, presented to Drew 'Bundini' Brown
  • 1980 Muhammad Ali's worn headgear inscribed to Sylvester Stallone
  • Torches and Participations Medals from the 1960 Rome Olympics, where Ali won gold medal in boxing's lightweight class in his last group of amateur fights
  • A pair of boxing shorts and a pair of boxing gloves, signed in 2007 as 'Cassius Clay'


The Exhibition will feature more than 100 artefacts - including unseen footage, photographs and rare personal memorabilia - taking visitors through Muhammad Ali's incredible journey. The Exhibition will provide an interactive experience through which visitors will get an up close and personal look at Muhammad Ali's incomparable work ethic and revolutionary boxing techniques.

Muhammad Ali is far more than just a boxer though and the exhibition will also reveal the stories behind his refusal to join the American military fighting in the Vietnam war and subsequent struggle to be accepted back into the boxing world. His religious conversion and his incredible interactions with some of the worlds most powerful and influential leaders including Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and even Saddam Hussein and Leonid Brezhnev during the height of the Cold War.

Muhammad Ali was named 'Fighter Of The Year' by Ring Magazine more times than any other boxer, and he dominated his sport like no one else ever has. In 1999, Ali was awarded both BBC Sports Personality Of The Century and Sports Illustrated magazine's Athlete of the Century awards. In 2005, at the White House, he was presented with both the Presidential Citizens Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2007, for hiss humanitarian work, he was awarded the W.E.B. Dubois Medal from Harvard University, which Harvard's highest honour in the areas of African-American culture.

Ali's is a story that resonates with our current world situation, his mantra of peace and understanding of his fellow man, be they rich or poor, black or white, regardless of their religion is a powerful message that 'I Am The Greatest' will help visitors, understand through the words pictures and possessions of this warm, loveable and ultimately incredible man.