BUCKS COUNTY (CBS) — A Bucks County man has original photos of the late Muhammad Ali that even “The Greatest” himself had never seen.
“I’m the only one that has them, yeah,” Craig Forchetti of New Hope.READ MORE: Several People Injured After Tree Falls During West Philadelphia High School Reunion Party At Fairmount Park
Back in the 80’s, Forchetti was an avid weightlifter. Bob Bonner, a photographer friend, asked him to model for an exercise advertisement and he agreed.
“I said sure and he came and [photographed] me in the gym, because I used to work out all the time,” Forchetti said.
Later that week, the same photographer, also a friend of boxing legend, took photos of Ali at his personal training camp in Deer Lake, Schuykill County.READ MORE: Man Struck, Killed By Vehicle In Northeast Philadelphia: Police
The photographer mixed up the photos and accidentally sent Ali’s photos to Forchetti and vice versa. Ali let him keep them.
“The pictures you see are the only pictures you’ll ever see, because they’re the only ones made by the man who gave them to me,” Forchetti said. “Even Muhammad never saw them.”
“I held onto them,” he added. “I have a gym down here and I hang them on there to give me inspiration.”MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Weather: Week Starts With Muggy Conditions Before Cold Front Arrives
Forchetti also has the negatives to about 40 photos of Ali. The ones hanging in his home gym are the only copies ever developed.