The definitive homage that celebrates the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali, an American original.From his not likely transformation from Louisville Golden Gloves winner to Olympic gold medalist to three-time heavyweight champion, civil rights hero and at one point, the most famous person on earth, Muhammad Ali and his journey were constantly narrated and celebrated by Sports Illustrated's writers and professional photographers. Now, all those moments and memories are gathered in Muhammad Ali: The Tribute, a deluxe fully-illustrated present book that celebrates the life and legacy of this famous professional athlete and champion.He shocked the world and became the boxer who went from the sports page to the front page. As a young fighter he changed boxing as the fleet-of-foot dancer who took the crown from Sonny Liston; his rivalry with Joe Frazier was famous; he grew up into one of the most difficult heavyweights of all time, winning The Rumble in the Jungle and the Thrilla in Manilla. He was then able to parlay that fame into a role as senior statesman and inspiration to years of athletes who would come behind him. All of those moments are recorded here in unique chapters that take you from Increase to Rumble, Exile to Return, Greatest, and Statesman.Written with the keen insight that just Sports Illustrated can bring, with a special gatefold that includes statistics and images from every one of this famous bouts, and hundreds more black and white and full-color photos that have become as famous as the man himself, Muhammad Ali: The Tribute will stand as the buddy piece to a famous man and professional athlete.