Boxing legend Muhammad Ali passed away on Friday.
He was the prettiest black man and the most wonderful boxer America had ever seen.
Boxing being a brutal ugly sport was transformed into artistic performance whenever he entered the ring.
He dominated the ring and only lost out to himself.
Like many boxers Muhammad Ali did not retire from the sport he loved till his brain gave up on too many concussions.
Ali was brutalized by the establishment for being a rebel.
He was penalized financially for being Muhammad Ali.
The greatest American who ever lived, Muhammad Ali, 1942-2016.
Scunthorpe Telegraph reports:
Often regarded as the greatest boxer to ever lace up the gloves – the three-time world heavyweight champion has passed away aged 74.
His professional record stood at 56 wins and five defeats.
But it wasn’t just what Ali did in the ring that made him so iconic – his personality and charisma helped broaden the appeal of his sport.
The best ever… My dad showed me videos of your greatness growing up!!! RIP Muhammad Ali a true Champ in and out the ring
— Jake Quickenden (@JakeQuickenden) June 4, 2016
— Sgt James Main (@SgtJamesMain) June 4, 2016
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After winning gold at the 1960 Olympic Games – in Rome – Ali ‘shook the world’ to become the heavyweight champion four-years later.
He beat Sonny Liston to capture the belt for the first time, before winning back the prize in 1974 and 1978.
Ali was crowned “Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Sports Personality of the Century” by the BBC, but he was also known for the way he promoted – and boldly predicted – his own fights.
He was also a civil rights campaigner and poet who transcended the bounds of sport, race and nationality.
Once asked how he would like to be remembered, Ali replied: “As a man who never sold out his people. But if that’s too much, then just a good boxer. I won’t even mind if you don’t mention how pretty I was.”
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