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Muhammad Ali

Documentary on Muhammad Ali, the boxing legend and his life and times. This had all of us friends, well wishers, sports journalists, promoters talking about the man, whose greatness transcended the sport. People who never followed boxing, started looking upto Muhammad Ali because of his boxing exploits. The movie starts with his young life, when his cycle got stolen and he decided he wanted to fight whoever stole his bike to his first ever bout, his first world championship, his bouts with Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, the famous Rumble in the Jungle, the Thrilla in Manila. His refusal to draft for the Vietnam and his fight with the government over, his conversion to Islam and his later degeneration to Parkinsons. This had all the short snippets from his boxing matches, but nowhere does the documentary talk about his boxing skills, his legendary footwork, his deftness in the ring, his training, etc. It would have been great if the movie had focused on that as well. From a motor mouth to somebody who could not talk in the latter years of his life, Muhammad Ali is one great champion.

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Unbreakable – MC Mary Kom

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Brilliant, absolutely brilliant autobiography of one of India’s most famous sports MC Mary Kom. Written in an endearingly simple narrative, the autobiography talks to you so beautifully. Her struggles in a poor family, lack of resources, lack of training facilities, unknown sport, language troubles, food troubles, Mary takes it all in her chin and fights her way to glory. Mary’s life is that of a simple unknown athlete who rose to her fame through sheer grit, determination and hard work. “Look at me. I am a nobody who became a sporting icon only because of my consistent hard work”

Mary Kom is the only champion to win the World Championships a record 6 times and has a medal in all the 7 World Championships.  She is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, competing in the flyweight (51 kg) category and winning the bronze medal. She became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014 at Incheon, South Korea and is the first Indian woman boxer to win gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Probably the best sports autobiography that i have read in a long time after that of Bill Rogers’ “Marathon Man” and “Letters to a young Gymnast” by Nadia Comaneci.

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