Muhammad Ali Fighter’s Heaven 1974
Peter Angelo Simon’s photos of Muhammad Ali are especially poignant today after news broke of Ali’s passing. These pictures of Ali training at his retreat ‘Fighter’s Heaven’ have just finished showing at the Serena Morton Gallery, and the accompanying book, ‘Muhammad Ali Fighter’s Heaven 1974’ is due in August (available to pre-order now).
Fighter’s Heaven was Ali’s Pennsylvania retreat, where he would mentally and physically prepare himself for his fights. Photographer Peter Angelo Simon spent two days with Ali, documenting his prep for the famous ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ fight with George Foreman.
The shots of Ali on his dawn run are my favourites, with their sense of quiet purpose, focus and contemplation as his runs towards the guiding light of the rising sun…
WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
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