Yesterday, 55 years ago, he agreed to take the best photo of the twentieth century, during a historic battle between the worlds heavyweight boxing champions, Muhammad Ali Clay and Sony Liston.
On May 25, 1965, photographer Neil Leaver took the picture while the late American hero Muhammad Ali Clay stood agitated, screaming in the face of Liston lying on the ground from the impact of a knockout that ended the fight for Ali.
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was crying out, directing his words to Liston, “Get up and fight, you fool,” given that the fight was preceded by skirmishes between the two boxers.
The American sports magazine Sports Illustrated chose this picture as the best in the past century.
Muhammad Ali Clay is the most prominent boxer in the history of the game of noble art, and he died on June 3, 2016 at the age of 74, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.