D.Born in 1942 as Cassius Clay, he is still considered one of the most important fighters in the history of his sport. And so there are not only legends about his name, but also about the fights that the athlete fought in the course of his career. Terms like “Rumble in the Jungle”, “Phantom Punch” or “Thrilla in Manilla” evoke associations even in people who have little knowledge of boxing.
“Muhammad Ali – The Life of a Legend” on Sky
In the run-up to the 60th anniversary of his Olympic success – the then 18-year-old won the gold medal in Rome on September 5, 1960 and thus became Olympic champion in the light heavyweight division – the history channel (reception via Sky Entertainment) shows the life of the Boxers. With “Muhammad Ali – Life of a Legend”, in addition to the sporting successes, the personality of Ali and his life outside the ring are explored. The film will be shown in an exclusive German-language premiere on August 22, 2020 at 3 p.m. and will be repeated on the same day at 8:15 p.m. In addition, the documentation is available on demand at any time via Sky Q, Sky Go and Sky Ticket. The pay TV broadcaster adjusted its pricing policy for Sky Q in July 2020. The entertainment package now costs just 12.50 euros instead of 24.99 euros per month.
Muhammad Ali: athlete and activist
The exceptional athlete is not only considered one of the most important heavyweight boxers of all time. He also supported the emancipation movement, spoke out in public against the Vietnam War and was considered a major figure in the anti-racist civil rights movement in the USA in the 1960s. At the time, Ali appealed to various people and organizations who otherwise disagreed politically. Muhammad Ali got the civil rights movement going. About 60 years later, with international movements like “Black Lives Matter”, neither the topic nor the political figure Ali, who died in June 2016, has lost its relevance.
Muhammad Ali Documentary: For the first time in German
The documentary “Muhammad Ali – Leben einer Legende” (original title: “Muhammad Ali – A Life”) produced in 2016 includes his ex-wife, Khaliah Ali, the professional boxers Paul “Paulie” Malignaggi, Óscar de la Hoya, Roberto Duran and Lennox Lewis, sports journalists Robert Lipsyte, Gareth A. Davies and Jim Lampley, authors Thomas Hauser and Randy Roberts, and actress Rosie Perez.