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OUT OF THE RING

Sitting not standing with Muhammad Ali, Amir Khan, Manny Pacquiao and Nicola Adams

My fascination with boxing began when a fling ended in 2005. To lure my beloved back, I took an avid interest in his passion: boxing. What started as a fickle attempt grew into a love of watching sculpted arms thrusting the salted air, swaying flesh entangled in a tango, while the fighters figure out who leads and follows, who beckons and assassinates. I would draw similarities between boxing and my pastime, dance, whilst fixating on this Diadumenos-creature.

 

“I said Joe’s gonna come out smokin’ and I ain’t goin’ to be jokin’. I’ll be peckin’ and a pockin’, pourin’ water on his smokin’, and that might shock 'n' amaze ya but I will destroy Joe Frazier.”
 

 

Though the beloved quickly faded, nine years later and I’m just as enthralled as I was. 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the crowning of Cassius Clay as World Champion, beating Sonny Liston in 1964. In a sport that prizes itself on self-discipline and injury, it’s endearing to imagine Clay as a roaring Muhammad Ali perched on a bar stool, a voracious smile stretching ear-to-ear, taking large spoonfuls of apple pie and vanilla ice cream, energetically delivering rhyming couplets about Joe Frazier.

A film inspired by Alaina Wong's look back in hunger at boxing’s championship meals series with photography by Luke Kirwan and art direction by Mary Lees

MUHAMMAD ALI'S FAVOURITE BAKED KENTUCKY CHICKEN, RICE, PEAS AND HOT BUTTERED ROLLS.

AMIR KHAN WAS AWARDED A MCDONALD'S PLATINUM CARD FOR FREE MEALS AT ANY BRANCH IN ENGLAND AFTER HE WON SILVER AT THE 2004 ATHENS OLYMPICS.

MANNY PACQUIAO IS A FAN OF TINOLANG MANOK, THE FILIPINO CHICKEN SOUP WITH GREEN PAPAYA, GINGER AND CHAYOTE. AND MILO.

NICOLA ADAMS WAS THE FIRST FEMALE BOXER TO WIN A GOLD MEDAL AT THE 2012 LONDON OLYMPICS AND LOVES HER MUM'S SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE.

 

Alaina Wong is a food editor and writer and in her spare time runs the supper club and canapé catering business, A Boy Named Sous.