In June 1963 Sports Illustrated photographer Steve Schapiro traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to spend some time with the young Olympic champion boxer Cassius Clay and accompany him on a road trip to New York City.
Over the course of their five days together, Schapiro captured both sides of the young Muhammad Ali: the one side posing and preening for the camera, ever conscious of his image; the other, unguarded and unselfconscious, in candid images of the young fighter at home with his family and immersed in his community and neighborhood.
Ali is known for spouting his poetry and comments to anyone near him, but at home he was very quiet, practicing shadow boxing continuously in the living room. All the young kids in the neighborhood loved him and he loved them. He rode his bicycle with them, they pretended to box with him and above all he loved to play monopoly with them. In fact, he carried his monopoly box around with him in Louisville. — Steve Schapiro
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