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Muhammad Ali Refuses Draft

Neil Leifer

Howard Cosell interviews Muhammad Ali just after the boxer refused to be drafted into the United States army.

The New York Athletic Commission suspended his boxing license and stripped him of his title on that day as did other boxing commissions.

At his trial, the jury found Ali guilty and the maximum sentence was imposed. The case eventually went to the U.S. Supreme Court which reversed the conviction.

  This is an amazing photographic record that began the process of the heavyweight champion of the world, Cassius Clay, growing into the stature of the legend we now know as Muhammad Ali. His stance out of conscience at the peak of his career showed a moral strength that was, and is, rare in someone with so much to lose personally.

20" x 16"

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