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He Shook Up The World – Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)

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He was the greatest. A true legend. He stands alongside Martin Luther King. He helped pave the way for Barack Obama. For a time he was the most famous person on the planet.

Muhammad Ali returned to live in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, where the Muhammad Ali Center opened on November 22, 2005. On January 14, 2012, it marked his 70th birthday with “Seven Days For Seven Decades,” starting a series of events around the city.

October 30, 2014 saw the 40th anniversary of one of his greatest fights, The Rumble in the Jungle, against the fearsome George Foreman who had won 37 of his 40 fights by knockout. As with the Liston fight, hardly anyone gave Ali a chance. The words of British boxing commentator Harry Carpenter captured the mood when he  said, “He’s got him with a right hand! He’s got him! Oh, you can’t believe it – and he’s doing his shuffle! And I don’t think Foreman’s going to make the count…and he’s out! Oh my God, he’s won the title back at 32.”

He was fearless, joining the civil rights movement and taking on injustice wherever he saw it, refusing to be drafted into the Vietnam War, and going to jail as a consequence. He later won the kind of recognition he truly deserved, not least from his hometown of Louisville, where the Muhammad Ali Center opened ten years ago.

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