Former British Champion Richard Dunn takes on Ali in an exhibition match on Wearside in 1977.
Former British Champion Richard Dunn takes on Ali in an exhibition match on Wearside in 1977.

Nine pictures from when Muhammad Ali came to South Shields and Sunderland

Many people think of him as the greatest fighter in the history of boxing.

But were you there when Muhammad Ali graced the North East?

He was in the region in July 1977 and paid a visit to both Wearside and South Tyneside.

He met his adoring fans in South Shields and took part in an exhibition boxing bout in Washington.

Here are some archive reminders of his visit to the region but we would love to hear your memories. Take a look through our photo selection and then get in touch to tell us more.

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