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Louisville Lays Ali To Rest

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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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I AM THE GREATEST – Muhammad Ali Exibition

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The Rumble In The Jungle 40th Anniversary

October 30, 2014 Leave a comment

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Ali Health Scare Reveals Family Fued

October 18, 2014 Leave a comment

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After Muhammad Ali was unable to attend the premiere of the documentary film, I Am Ali, his brother told a London newspaper that he was in extremely poor health and could barely speak. He also said that there was a bitter family fued going on. Two of Ali’s daughter’s responded by saying don’t be worried about his health. The Sun newspaper had a headline saying that Ali could be dead in days.

The boxing immortal has suffered from Parkinson’s disease since 1984. No sports figure has been more universally loved.

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I Shook Up The World

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment

I Shook Up The World!

50 years ago the world woke up to a legend. On Febuary 25, 1964, Cassius Clay beat the fearsome Sonny Liston to become World heavyweight champion. In one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, the experts had not given the 22 year-old ‘Louisville Lip’ a chance,
fearing for the young boxer against one of the hardest hitters ever. Clay rounded on his critics with those immortal words, “I shook up the world. I shook up the world. I’m the Greatest.” A week later he changed his name to Muhammad Ali and became the most visible spokesman for the civil rights movement. Later he refused to be drafted into the Vietnam War, going to prison and losing his heavyweght crown, only to return in triumph. He was the 1960 Olympic champion and the first three-time World heavyweight champion and was voted Athlete of the 20th Century. He lit the flame at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and was the most recognisable face on the planet. There was nobody like Muhammad Ali. He helped pave the way for Barack Obama to become America’s first black President. The Muhammad Ali Center was opened in Louisville, Kentucky on November 22, 2005.

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