The Champ: My Year With Muhammad Ali

The Champ: My Year With Muhammad Ali

by Michael Gaffney


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What was Muhammad Ali really like? Award winning photojournalist Michael Gaffney captures a rare insider's view of Ali's world as his personal photographer in 1977-1978. THE CHAMP is a journey with one of the most extraordinary treasures in our lifetime, Muhammad Ali, The Greatest. These stories - poignant, hilarious and authentic - reveal Ali's true courageous heart and go far beyond his glories in the ring. THE CHAMP is a perfect trilogy in the legendary fighter's career: a tough win against Earnie Shavers, a shocking loss of the World Heavyweight Championship to Leon Spinks, and a glorious redemptive comeback victory against Spinks to win the title for an unprecedented third time. THE CHAMP sustains the legacy of Muhammad Ali who continues to inspire millions and make the world a better place.
"Congratulations to you, Michael Gaffney. THE CHAMP is one helluva achievement and one helluva book." BERT RANDOLPH SUGAR, Hall of Fame Boxing Historian

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478171249
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/21/2012
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.27(d)

About the Author

The Champ is award-winning photojournalist, Michael Gaffney's first book. He started his career as a news photographer in New Jersey in 1972. In 1977, he became Muhammad Ali's personal photographer for a year, traveled around the world, covered 3 fights and made 8,000 photographs of the Champ.

In 2009, he held the first exhibition of his collection: Muhammad Ali - The Champ, at the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ. The exhibition was a benefit for the Morristown Neigborhood House, where Gaffney learned to box as a young boy.

The exhibition was well received, earning a feature on ESPN with Hall of Fame Boxing Historian, Bert Randolph Sugar. It was followed by exhibitions in New Jersey, San Francisco and London. The photographs in this book are part of a traveling exhibition: THE CHAMP: Muhammad Ali. Limited edition fine art prints from THE CHAMP are available at San Francisco Art Exchange, Proud Galleries (London UK),, and

Michael ran a corporate photography business for 25 years, and was a contract photographer with Muhammad Ali Enterprises in Manhattan. He and his wife Joanna live in Mendham, NJ and Sunriver, OR. Michael has three children, Ian, Cara and Patrick. Joanna has two children, Ana and John

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The Champ: My Year with Muhammad Ali 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MKaplan1 More than 1 year ago
For anyone interested in a behind the scenes view of Muhammad Ali, The Champ is must reading. The vignettes that photographer/author Michael Gaffney offers up are as captivating as the marvelous photos that fill his wonderful book. While The Champ has its share of action photos of fights that occurred during Gaffney's year with Ali, it is the glorious pictures out of the ring that reveal the interesting, and often sensitive story of The Greatest. Whether it is with his children, contemplating an upcoming fight in a hotel room, or simply running on the beach, The Champ promises to bring back wonderful memories of arguably one of the greatest athletes and most fascinating figures in sports history. Author Gaffney has done boxing fans a great service by sharing his formidable collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi. I didnt read the book!