The Lively Morgue Posts Vintage Photo of Muhammed Ali Pre-Fight Press Conference at NYC City Hall, 1976

Sept. 13, 1976: Feathers ruffled, chests puffed out, Muhammad Ali, left, and Ken Norton, right, talked tough for the benefit of the media on the steps of City Hall (photo Page 47 of this paper). Fortunately, Mayor Beame was on hand to keep the peace. The peace ended, according to schedule, on Sept. 28 when Ali beat Norton and retained the world heavyweight championship, though not without controversy. “I thought I won it,” Norton said later. “Ali knew I won it. The people knew I won it.”
Sept. 13, 1976: Feathers ruffled, chests puffed out, Muhammad Ali, left, and Ken Norton, right, talked tough for the benefit of the media on the steps of City Hall (photo Page 47 of this paper). Fortunately, Mayor Beame was on hand to keep the peace. The peace ended, according to schedule, on Sept. 28 when Ali beat Norton and retained the world heavyweight championship, though not without controversy. “I thought I won it,” Norton said later. “Ali knew I won it. The people knew I won it.”
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Today's post shows a photograph of famous boxers Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton in a pre-fight press conference on the steps of City Hall with Mayor Abraham Beame keeping things civil.

Sept. 13, 1976: Feathers ruffled, chests puffed out, Muhammad Ali, left, and Ken Norton, right, talked tough for the benefit of the media on the steps of City Hall (photo Page 47 of this paper). Fortunately, Mayor Beame was on hand to keep the peace. The peace ended, according to schedule, on Sept. 28 when Ali beat Norton and retained the world heavyweight championship, though not without controversy. “I thought I won it,” Norton said later. “Ali knew I won it. The people knew I won it.”

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