PHOTO GALLERY: Inside ropes, Ali was a furious, loud fighter

June 4, 2016 5:20 PM

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Muhammad Ali beat the invincible Sonny Liston, fought a string of thrilling fights with Joe Frazier and stopped George Foreman in the "Rumble in the Jungle" in Zaire.

All told, he once said, he took 29,000 punches to the head during a career that made him perhaps the most recognized person in the world. He paid a terrible price for those punches later in life when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's, which ravaged his body but could never dim his larger-than-life presence.

Ali was a giant of his time — a furious and loud fighter whose influence was felt far beyond the ring. This is a look at his career inside the ropes through the lenses of AP photographers.

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 1964 file photo, Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) uses a variety of bobbing and weaving to stay clear of the left arm of Sonny Liston in their title fight in Miami Beach, Fla. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo)

FILE - In this May 25, 1965 file photo, Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, shouting and gesturing shortly after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw in Lewiston, Maine. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo/John Rooney)

FILE - In this March 8, 1971 file photo, Joe Frazier, left, faces off against Muhammad Ali, right, on the ropes during the fourth round of their heavyweight title bout in New York. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74.(AP Photo)

FILE - In this March 8, 1971 file photo, boxer Joe Frazier lands a left to the jaw of Muhammad Ali during their title bout at New York's Madison Square Garden. Frazier won on a unanimous decision and retained his heavyweight title. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo)

FILE - In this March 8, 1971 file photo, Muhammad Ali, left, and Joe Frazier, center, in action at Madison Square Garden, New York. Frazier won in fight the 15th round. Referee Art Mercante is shown on the right. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo)

FILE - This is a Oct. 30, 1974 file photo Muhammad Ali watches George Foreman head for the canvas after being knocked out in the eighth round of their match in Kinshasa, Zaire. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo, File)

In this Oct. 1, 1975 file photo, Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali connects with a right against challenger Joe Frazier in the ninth round of their title fight in Manila, Philippines. Ali won the fight on a decision to retain the title. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo/Mitsunori Chigita)

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 1975, file photo, Muhammad Ali, left, grimaces as he exchanges blows with Joe Frazier in the first round of their title bout at the Coliseum in Manila, Philippines. It was, Muhammad Ali would later say, the closest thing to death he had ever known. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74.(AP Photo/Mitsunori Chigita, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 1976, file photo, challenger Ken Norton, left, and heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali trade right punches in the late rounds of their title fight in New York's Yankee Stadium. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 1980 file photo, World heavyweight champion Larry Holmes, left, pounds challenger Muhammad Ali in the corner during championship fight in Las Vegas, Nev., . Holmes won when Ali failed to answer the bell to start the 11th round. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo, File)

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