The Champ: 72 years today

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“I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick; I’m so mean I make medicine sick.”   —Muhammad Ali, 1974

Photographer John Shearer remembers the 1971 Ali vs Frazier “Fight of the Century” for TIME.com HERE.