Bob Redding (1935 – 2005)
Muhammad Ali vs. Ken Norton, Sports Arena, San Diego, California, 31 March 1973
The image shows the legendary fight between Ali and Norton on March 31, 1973 in San Diego. The fight was aired live on TV and started a years-long rivalry. Ali was outmaneuvered by Norton’s unorthodox fighting style, which involved jabbing from below and crossing his hands for defence.
As the final bell rang, Norton won on a split decision, igniting a controversy in the boxing world. Soon after the fight, Ali was treated in hospital for a broken jaw, an injury sustained in the first round of the fight.
Vintage Gelatin silver print
Image dimensions 31,8 x 22 cm (31,8 x 22 inch)
Single weight paper, semi-glossy surface; slightly bruised edges and corners
Photographer’s credit stamp, no. and date stamp and several handwritten notations on the reverse
Paris Match, no. 1249, p. 83
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