Date: 12th December 2001

Boxing Stars Out In Force For Ali Premiere

Boxing's biggest stars turned out in force last night (11th December 2001) for the world premiere of ALI (2001) - the life and times of heavyweight fighter Muhammad Ali. The launch of the movie starring WILL SMITH attracted a star- studded crowd including Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison and former champions Henry Cooper, Barry McGuigan and Nigel Benn.

Hundreds of fans crowded into London's Leicester Square and screeched their welcome when MEN IN BLACK (1997) actor Smith arrived. The American star greeted some of his hysterical followers and signed autographs before the start of premiere at the Empire Cinema, which was held in aid of the Cinema And Television Benevolent Fund.

Britain's Prince Charles was also there to see ALI (2001) hit the big screen, and met both the film's director MICHAEL MANN and its star Smith. The music world was represented at the glitzy event by veteran Bob Geldof and Skunk Anansie singer Skin. Ali charts a dramatic 10-year period in the life of Muhammad Ali from 1964 until 1974.

Hollywood heavyweight Smith put on more than two stone (28 lb) and underwent rigorous training to achieve the boxer's physique. (KW/WNWCVT)

Source: WENN