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Muhammad Ali, former world heavyweight boxing champion, is surrounded by autograph seekers at 51st Street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan borough of New York, Aug. 23, 1968. He was en route to a television studio when pedestrians mobbed him. The former champ says he may fight Joe Frazier on an Indian reservation, which he claims would not place such a bout under government control. (AP Photo/Anthony Camerano)

Muhammad Ali brings to life one of the best-known and most indelible figures of the 20th century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated millions of fans throughout the world with his mesmerizing combination of speed, grace, and power in the ring, and charm and playful boasting outside of it. Ali insisted on being himself unconditionally and became a global icon and inspiration to people everywhere.

 

Round One: The Greatest (1942-1964) airs Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 8:00 pm
Boxer Cassius Clay rises up the amateur ranks to win gold at the 1960 Olympics. He turns professional, sharpening his boxing skills and honing his genius for self-promotion. In 1964, he upsets Sonny Liston to become heavyweight champion

 

Round Two: What’s My Name? (1964-1970) airs Monday, September 20, 2021 at 8:00 pm
Cassius Clay publicly joins the Nation of Islam and takes the name, Muhammad Ali. When he refuses induction into the Army, he is stripped of his title and forced into exile. After three years he returns to the ring, but he’s lost a step.

 

Round Three: The Rivalry (1970-1974) airs Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 8:00 pm
Muhammad Ali battles his fiercest rival, Joe Frazier, and the U.S. government, as he attempts to regain the heavyweight title. He first loses to and then defeats Frazier, but to become champion again, he will have to beat George Foreman.

 

Round Four: The Spell Remains (1974-2016) airs Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 8:00 pm
Muhammad Ali shocks the world by defeating George Foreman, winning back the heavyweight title and becoming the most famous man on earth. After retiring in 1981, he travels the world spreading his Islamic faith, and becomes a symbol of peace and hope.

 

Behind the Scenes: Making Muhammad Ali

 

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