Archive for June, 2009

22
Jun
09

Muhammad Ali Enterprises Selects JDSU for Authentication Solutions

Ali Enterprises Selects JDSU for Authentication Solutions

Ali Enterprises Selects JDSU for Authentication Solutions

MILPITAS, CA–(Marketwire – May 27, 2009) – JDSU (NASDAQ: JDSU) (TSX: JDU) today announced that it has been awarded a contract to serve as the supplier of authentication solutions to Muhammad Ali Enterprises LLC (MAE) for merchandise. The contract involves the supply of a unique range of authentication solutions including holographic authentication devices developed specifically for MAE.

The solutions that JDSU has developed for MAE utilize digital and optical authentication technologies that allow for easy identification of authorized products, limit product overruns, reduce unauthorized distribution, and ensure correct royalty payments.

“We surveyed a range of authentication providers and were impressed with the breadth of JDSU’s technologies, its pipeline of innovation and its ability to deliver customized solutions that communicate authenticity while enhancing the Ali brand,” said Kelly Hill, director of Licensing for MAE.

MAE’s licensing program encompasses all product categories that include apparel, publishing, collectibles and sporting goods, as well as signed memorabilia.

“JDSU is honored to launch our licensing business with MAE,” said Adam Scheer, Authentication Solutions marketing director for the Advanced Optical Technologies business segment of JDSU. “Muhammad Ali is recognized as a champion all over the world and JDSU is committed to providing a customized authentication program that protects his legacy.”

For more information about JDSU’s licensing program, please go to: http://www.jdsu.com/products/brand-protection.html.

About JDSU

JDSU (NASDAQ: JDSU) (TSX: JDU) enables broadband and optical innovation in the communications, commercial and consumer markets. JDSU is the leading provider of communications test and measurement solutions and optical products for telecommunications service providers, cable operators, and network equipment manufacturers. JDSU is also a leading provider of innovative optical solutions for medical/environmental instrumentation, semiconductor processing, display, brand authentication, aerospace and defense, and decorative applications. More information is available at www.jdsu.com.

About Muhammad Ali Enterprises LLC

Muhammad Ali Enterprises LLC (“MAE”) is a California limited liability company. MAE is aggressively involved in a worldwide licensing program, merchandising, television, film, video and Internet projects. For more information on MAE, visit www.ali.com.

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MAE is a subsidiary of CKX, Inc., a publicly traded company listed on the NASDAQ national market® under the ticker symbol “CKXE.” Also visit www.ckx.com.

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22
Jun
09

Muhammad Ali leads celebrity contingent

Muhammad Ali at the Joe Louis Arena

Muhammad Ali at the Joe Louis Arena

An eclectic group of celebrities was at Joe Louis Arena for Game 7 on Friday night. Boxing great Muhammad Ali caught the game from a suite, while “Twilight” film actor Taylor Lautner had a seat in the lower bowl.

Ali, wearing a Red Wings jersey, rose out of his seat and waved to the standing crowd when he was introduced during a break in the first-period action. The players got into the act, too, looking up and slapping their sticks on the ice and the boards in honor of Ali.

“All My Children” star Thorsten Kaye also was on hand, rooting for the guys in red and white. Asked whether he had ever been to the Joe, the diehard Wings fan was taken aback in mock horror.

“I’ve been here a hundred times. Of course. Jeez. Never for a Game 7 (though),” said the German-born, England-raised Kaye, who attended Wayne State.

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22
Jun
09

Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston 1965 Phantom Punch

Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston 1965 fight Video.

The Phantom Punch picture is one of the most famous moments in sporting history! It shows Cassius Clay knocking out Sonny Liston (former heavy weight champion) in the first minute of the first round, in a rematch (Muhammad won the match the year before after Sonny resigned to defeat complaining of a shoulder injury).

Speculations circulated about Liston’s fall, many spectators considered the bout fixed, even the FBI investigated the case. Some say while preparing for the fight, Liston was visited by Black Muslims who threatened to kill his daughter Eleanor if he should win the rematch, others say Liston lay down for money.

22
Jun
09

Muhammad Ali fights Joe Frazier one last time and others

Some rare footage From the tribute ” Champions Forever ” Part 1 of 3 of George Foreman, Muhammad Ali, Kenny Norton, Joe Frazier and Larry Holmes having dinner and talking about there careers. Enjoy!

14
Jun
09

Muhammad Ali’s Retirement

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

After the legendary “Thrilla In Manila,” the rubber match against Frazier, who some have deemed, the greatest boxing match ever, Ali fought and lost to young Olympic Champion Leon Spinks. He subsequently regained his title against Spinks, thus becoming, at that time, the only man in heavyweight history to win the crown three times. Ali ended his career 56 wins (37 by knockout) and 5 defeats.

Ali has inspired millions worldwide. He gave people hope and proved that anyone could overcome insurmountable odds. He gave people courage. He made fighters of us all. This is Ali and never comes another.

14
Jun
09

Muhammad Ali’s Comeback

Rumble In the Jungle

Rumble In the Jungle

Promoter Don King got the government of the African nation of Zaire to guarantee the unheard of sum of 10 million dollars for the fighters. In Kinshasa, Ali derived strength from the African people. They adored him. They yelled, Ali Bomaye! (Ali kill him). Going into the fight, Ali was 3-1 underdog. His fight doctor, Ferdie Pacheco, had a jet ready to spirit Ali away to a neurological hospital in Spain after the fight. But Ali had other ideas.

Because of the heat, Ali realized he couldn’t dance from Foreman for the whole fight. He invented “The Rope-A-Dope,” a strategy that allowed Foreman to pound on him until Foreman tired. His corner men yelled at him to get off the ropes, but Ali persisted with his strategy for seven rounds and then in the eighth round, when Foreman was spent, Ali came off the ropes and scored a shocking knockout! Ali was the king again.

14
Jun
09

Muhammad Ali 2 1/2 years in exile cost him his legs.

"The Greatest" Muhammad Ali

"The Greatest" Muhammad Ali

After fighting Zora Folley in March 1967, Ali did not fight again for 3 1/2 years. He was stripped of his championship title, his passport taken; all his boxing licenses were cancelled. He lost an initial court battle and was facing a 5-year prison term. Ali made money during his exile by speaking at colleges. He was the first national figure to speak out against the war in Vietnam. In 1970, after a 3 1/2 year layoff, and with the mood of the country changing, Ali staged his comeback, first against Jerry Quarry in Atlanta, then Oscar Bonavena at Madison Square Garden, then for what was billed as, “The Fight of the Century,” his first match against undefeated champ, Joe Frazier at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 1971.

Ali fought valiantly, but lost. The 2 and a half year exile had cost Ali his legs. He could no longer dance. He lost that night in the Garden, but months later he won his biggest fight, the Supreme Court reversed his conviction and upheld his conscientious objector claim. Ali was free of the specter of jail, and free to travel to box anywhere in the world. Several matches followed, including an unexpected loss to ex-Marine, Ken Norton; a win in their next bout; an uninspired win against Joe Frazier. But these matches were but window dressing for the biggest match of Ali’s career: The Rumble In the Jungle. George Foreman was a fearsome champ. He had thunder and destruction in both hands. He had easily knocked out Ken Norton and had lifted Frazier off the mat with one blow.




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