POET & BOXER: Aref with famed Boxer Champ Mohammad Ali looking at a Googoosh centerfold.


POET & BOXER: Aref with famed Boxer Champ Mohammad Ali looking at a Googoosh centerfold.
by Darius Kadivar

Aref with famed Boxer Champ Mohammad Ali aka Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr looking at a Googoosh centerfold. After Cassius Clay converted to Islam, he became a role model to many in the muslim world and the outspoken champ fspeaking for the underdog and defensless. Ali's Unique Charisma, wit, sense of humor and fighting spirit made him more than just a ring master but one of the greatest entertainers of all time.

Clip from Michael Parkinson's Greatest Entertainers, showing interview clips of his 4 meetings with Muhammad ali - 1971, 1974, 1975 and 1981:

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Aref and googoosh sing, kaj kolah khan:

Muhammad Ali alias Cassius Clay speaks in interviews about fights, rasicm, the war in Vietnam and his life:

The Politics of Muhammad Ali:

Toofan- Pop Singer of the 1970's displayed a very negro stlye haircut which became very fashionable during the disco years:

Muhammad Ali & Joe Frazier in This is Your Life:

ALI & ELVIS: "The Greatest & The King" :

Muhammad Ali gives Bush the crazy sign:

Michael Jackson and Muhammad Ali:

And with the Jackson 5:

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Muhammad Ali's legendary trainer Angelo Dundee dies

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Legendary trainer Angelo Dundee has died in Florida, aged 90.

Dundee, famous for working alongside Muhammad Ali for 20 years, is reported to have had a heart attack after being taken to hospital with a blood clot.


While Dundee's name was synonymous with Ali's, he worked with 14 further world champions, including Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman and Jimmy Ellis, during a distinguished career.

But it was his partnership with Ali which became one of the most successful in boxing history.






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mohammad ali

by humanbeing on

was a poet as well as a sportsman. in ancient greek terms, hero material. i read recently that he promoted rapprochement and fights incitement. using the celebrity and charisma to be a good influence.

Darius Kadivar


by Darius Kadivar on

IRANdokht Jaan: Some Photo Shop Wizadry helps to do this type of mix but No I found the photo as it was in my archives.

SPink Jaan: Yes I actually remember that fight well. I recall my father waking me and my brother up to watch the match on TV. I think it was even something like 5 o'clock in the morning and we got to see it before going to school.

I think Muhamed Ali was very much appreciated worldwide because he was not just an incrediblely invincible champ with a unique self confidence but had an incredible wit. The interview with Parkinson is truly one of the most memoreable interviews in that show.

Even the most die hard Wasp white supremacist Americans ended up by admiring his combativity. He certainly changed the outlook of many white people on Black people decades before Obama.

Self Pity was not something he indulged in and I guess that is what made him such a Popular Champ worldwide. He did not speak with his fellow White man as if they were Equal but as if he WAS superior ;0)

He wanted to make sure that he was no Martyr On or Off Ring ...

That contrasted with the Martin Luther King Peace and Love approach. Maybe at that juncture in American history and for his community it was the right behavior and thing to do( Given the assassination of such cult Icos like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King).

I think that changed much in our collective white psyche and sometimes unconscience racial prejudice about black people in general. 



very interesting picture

by IRANdokht on

DK jan that picture of Aref and Mohammad Ali is half black&white. Did you do that? It;s very tasteful.

I remember how popular Mohammad Ali was in Iran. Everybody followed his career and watched his fights with a certain love and respect for the man. Knowing more about him now, I also have a lot of respect for him, but I wonder what made the Iranians back then such fans of him.

Nice blog :)


Sargord Pirouz

Darius, do you remember the

by Sargord Pirouz on

Darius, do you remember the 1975 Joe Frazier-Muhammad Ali fight broadcast live (if memory serves me correctly) from the Philippines on Iranian television in Tehran?

I watched it on my grandmother's black and white TV set. 

The thriilla in manilla Good times.