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TV review: 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight' stays out of the ring
TV review: 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight' stays out of the ring

The title of Stephen Frears' new docudrama, which debuts on HBO on Saturday, is obviously provocative: "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight." It could refer to many things — his bouts in the boxing ring, his complicated relationship with the public or even his battle against Parkinson's. But what probably doesn't leap to mind is a behind-the-scenes look at the Supreme Court case Clay vs. the United States. And with good reason. Drafted in 1967, the heavyweight boxing champion and newly converted Muslim refused to participate in the Vietnam War. No longer known by his former name of Cassius Clay, Ali explained that the Koran would not allow him to take up...

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