Official Licensed Muhammad Ali Art
"Muhammad Ali - Keep Going" Canvas Art by IKONICK
"I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'"
– Muhammad Ali
The Greatest isn't a title that's earned once and lasts forever. It is an ongoing pursuit. Greatness requires ultimate persistence. You have to put in the work, day-in, day-out, and keep going even when things aren’t easy.
In 1974 Muhammad Ali fought George Foreman in the highly anticipated "Rumble in the Jungle" prizefight. A record-setting 1 billion viewers watched Ali knockout the undefeated champion and claim the world heavyweight title. But it's what people didn’t see that earned the win.
All the early morning road work, running forward and backward, jumping rope, conditioning his legs. That's what enabled Ali to shuffle and dance around the ring. The ab exercises and his strategic “rope-a-dope” technique. That’s what let Ali absorb his opponent’s blows and tire him out. The countless hours in the gym, hitting the heavy bag. That's what made Ali’s punches so accurate and devastating they dropped Foreman to the floor.
Every one of Ali's spectacular victories under the lights was a result of hard work put in in the gym. He never stopped working to stay at the top of his game. He kept going, proving just how great a fighter could be. The hard work, dedication, and sweat were all payment for his legacy as boxing's G.O.A.T.
Muhammad Ali knew he was the greatest boxer that ever lived. Even before he had the titles to prove it, his confidence in himself was obvious in every pre-fight interview he did. In his mind he was already the champ.
But until the world realized it too, Ali had to keep going.
"Keep Going" officially licensed Muhammad Ali canvas wall artwork from IKONICK shows that greatness isn't a destination, it's a journey. You have to put in the work when no one is looking to enjoy victory in the end. Success, whether in life or business, comes from persistence. You don't stop once you win the prize fight, you show the world how much further you can go. Look at this piece every day and take its message to heart: The Greatest keep going—no matter what.