In tribute: Muhammad Ali to grace SI cover for 40th time

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NEW YORK – Muhammad Ali will be on the June 13 cover of Sports Illustrated for the 40th time in a photo shot by Neil Leifer while Ali trained in Miami Beach in 1970.

“Muhammad Ali was a singular force of athletics, humanitarianism and social equality unlike anyone in our history. He was a fighter, and a champion, yet many of his most important victories came outside the ring. His legacy defines the very best of who we are and aspire to be,” said Paul Fichtenbaum, Sports Illustrated Group Editor in a statement released Saturday morning.

The issue will be available on newsstands on June 8.

Ali, 74, died Friday after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Read more on Ali’s life and death, here. 


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