Muhammad Ali, Zurich, 26.12.1971 (Hardcover)

Muhammad Ali, Zurich, 26.12.1971 By Eric Bachmann (Editor) Cover Image

Muhammad Ali, Zurich, 26.12.1971 (Hardcover)

By Eric Bachmann (Editor)

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Muhammad Ali, Zurich, 26.12.1971 shows the iconic American smooth-talking rhymester-boxer before and during his prize fight in Zurich against German heavyweight Jurgen Blin on December 26, 1971. Hans-Ruedi Jaggi, a Swiss hustler and promoter, succeeded in bringing the champ to Zurich for the fight. At Zurich's Playboy Bar, Jaggi made a bet with Jack Starck, a society reporter for the Swiss tabloid Blick, for a bottle of Ballantine's that, after having already got Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones to give concerts in Zurich, he would now lure the mighty Muhammad Ali to town for a fight. He subsequently flew to the States three times but couldn't get an "in" with Ali. Eventually he made it through to Ali's Black Muslims. When asked by the clan's spiritual leader Herbert Muhammad, "What's with the dough?" he pulled $10,000 pretty much all the money he had at the time out of his silver ankle-boots and a preliminary deal was promptly signed and sealed on a sheet of hotel stationery. Zurich photographer Eric Bachmann accompanied Ali during his ten-day stay, on his winter jog through Zurich's woods or buying shoes in a working-class neighborhood, going through his training drills and, finally, during the big fight, which rapidly climaxed in the seventh round when he knocked out the blond German giant Jurgen Blin. The book documents the events in brisk chronological order, as befits a boxer who "floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee," in a rapid-fire succession of impressively intimate and humorous shots against the placid urban backdrop of mid-'70s Zurich.

Product Details ISBN: 9783905929645
ISBN-10: 3905929643
Publisher: Patrick Frey Edition
Publication Date: July 1st, 2015
Pages: 392
Language: English