Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali's irrepressible personality transcended sports and the world, so that so many facets of his career and life made news. These images show some of the best of both.
Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali is held back by referee Joe Walcott, left, after Ali knocked out challenger Sonny Liston in the first round of their title fight in Lewiston, Maine on May 25, 1965. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74.
Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, stands over challenger Sonny Liston, shouting and gesturing shortly after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw, in Lewiston, Maine on May 25, 1965.
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Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, left, applauds as challenger Joe Frazier, right, makes some remarks about world champion Muhammad Ali, second from left, during their call on Marcos at the Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines, on Sept. 18, 1975,
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Muhammad Ali is greeted in downtown Kinshasa, Zaire, on Sept. 17, 1974. Ali was in Zaire to fight George Foreman.
Muhammad Ali's throws a right at Joe Frazier in the 13th round in their title bout in Manila, Philippines on Oct 1, 1975.
Challenger Muhammad Ali watches as defending world champion George Foreman goes down to the canvas in the eighth round of their WBA/WBC championship match in Kinshasa, Zaire on Oct. 30, 1974.
Spray flies from the head of challenger Joe Frazier as heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali connects with a right in the ninth round of their title fight in Manila, Philippines on Oct. 1, 1975.
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Sportscaster Howard Cosell, right, is pictured laying one on the chin of former world heavyweight boxing champ Muhammad Ali during a dinner in New York on April 13, 1981.
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Sports promoter Don King stands between Muhammad Ali, left, the heavyweight champion, and Joe Frazier in New York on July 17, 1975.
Muhammad Ali poses at St. Joseph's Hospital Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix on Feb. 22, 2012.
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Muhammad Ali, center, waves alongside his wife Lonnie Ali, left, and his sister-in-law Marilyn Williams, right, after receiving the Liberty Medal during a ceremony at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Sept. 13, 2012.
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Muhammad Ali, right, is shown with Black Muslim Leader, Malcolm X, outside the Trans-Lux Newsreel Theater in New York City on March 1, 1964, after watching a screening of films on Ali's title fight with Sonny Liston in Miami Beach.
Muhammad Ali speaks at a Black Muslim convention in Chicago on Feb. 25, 1968. Seated behind Ali is Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam.
Muhammad Ali is escorted from the Armed Forces Examining and Entrance Station in Houston by Lt. Col. J. Edwin McKee, commandant of the station, after Ali refused Army induction on April 28, 1967.