Boxing's Best Fought on Wide World
The battles that Muhammad Ali fought on Wide World are legendary. In 1967, Ali declared himself a conscientious objector and refused to be drafted by the United States Armed Forces. As a result, he was stripped of his World Heavyweight title, ridiculed by the press and prosecuted by the government.
|Muhammad Ali was one of the most influential athletes ever to appear on ABC's Wide World of Sports.|
Ironically, it was a former lawyer and World War II veteran turned sports broadcaster named Howard Cosell who publicly backed Ali's position.
This was just the beginning for Ali, as he moved from being simply a boxer to a legend that influenced the career of Sugar Ray Leonard and others.
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Sugar Ray, the sweet science
A young man from the city of Palmer Park, Md., won the gold medal at the 1976 Olympics and erupted onto the scene to help bridge the gap between Muhammad Ali and today's boxers. Just like Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard fought the best to be the best. Sugar Ray fought wars against Roberto Duran, "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler and Thomas "Hitman" Hearns to earn his respected place in Wide World and boxing history.
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Leonard: Early beginnings | Hagler | Hearns
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