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Ali, Frazier and the ‘Fight of the Century’: A Photographer Remembers

 Not published in LIFE. Muhammad Ali speaks to the press during a pre-fight weigh-in at Madison Square Garden in March 1971. John Shearer—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Not published in LIFE. Muhammad Ali speaks to the press during a pre-fight weigh-in at Madison Square Garden in March 1971. John Shearer—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Ben Cosgrov  writes:  After refusing to register for the draft in 1967 — at the very height of his career — 25-year-old Muhammad Ali was stripped of his heavyweight championship title and endured a forced layoff from the ring for three years. In 1971, after winning the appeal of his conviction and five-year prison sentence before the U.S. Supreme Court, the former champ returned to boxing, fighting a few bouts against lesser (albeit ranked) rivals before facing the title-holder, Philadelphia’s “Smokin’ Joe” Frazier.

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The Future of New York?

Gritty 1970s pictures show New York City in decline as crime soared a hundreds of thousands fled to the suburbs

From the Daily Mail Reporter: The 1970s are considered a low point for New York City. More than 820,00 people fled the crime and an unreliable transit system over the course of the decade, moving from the city to the suburbs. The city went nearly bankrupt as Wall Street sputtered under the economic stagnation of the era.

Down time: The economy in New York City sputtered to a halt in the 1970s, leaving tens of thousands without work. These men were seen napping on a stoop on 30th Street in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood
Down time: The economy in New York City sputtered to a halt in the 1970s, leaving tens of thousands without work. These men were seen napping on a stoop on 30th Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood
Down time: This man waits for nothing in particular as he drinks a beer in the Bowery in Manhattan
Down time: This man waits for nothing in particular as he drinks a beer in the Bowery in Manhattan
Leland Bobbe
Leland Bobbe

Photographer Leland Bobbe captured the gritty, sometimes desperate nature of the men and women who populated New York in the 1970s.

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