16.000 x 34.000 x 4.000 inches
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Ali Before Exile
Sculpture - Acrylic On Wood
This woodcarving of Muhammad Ali was carved by James Neill of Ozark, Missouri.
It stands 34� tall, 16� wide and 4 inches deep. It is carved out of native pine and painted
with a series of coats of acrylics and polyurethane. Neill used traditional woodcarving
tools to carve Ali.
The carving depicts Ali in the March 22, 1967 fight in which he defended his
Heavyweight Title for the ninth time by knocking out Zora Folley in the seventh round
at Madison Square Garden.
Ali thought he got a knockout over Folley in the 4th round (which was the round
he predicted Folley would go) but the knockout didn�t come until the 7th round.
Muhammad�s woodcarved arms move straight up to depict the look of victory when
he stood over Zora Folley in the 4th round of their 1967 fight.
After the fight, Folley�s 4 year old son was crying about his Dad losing the fight.
Ali saw the boy in tears and walked over and consoled him. Mohammad said that
he wouldn�t have stood a chance against his Dad if his Dad was still in his prime.
This fight was Ali's last fight before being forced into exile and prohibited from
fighting for the next three and a half years. Many believe the lost boxing years were the prime fighting years of Mohammad�s life. The color James used for Ali�s gloves, pants,
socks and shoes were the likeness of what he wore March 22, 1967.
April 28th, 2011
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