The world has lost a very special human being today but his legend will live forever.
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74 after been admitted to hospital last Thursday for a respitory problem that was complictated by his Parkinson’s disease.
Muhammad had fought a courageous fight against Parkinson’s for 32 years since he was initially diagnosed with the debilating disease in 1984.
As a boxer, Ali captured Olympic Gold at the 1960 Games in Rome as an amateur and as a professional fighter his record in it’s entirety read 56-5-37KO – winning the world heavyweight championship on three occasions and fighting (and beating) some of the sport’s great heavyweights during his era.
His footwork, speed, movement, combinations and incredible heart were attributes that very few heavyweights possessed, with the ‘Ali shuffle’ and ‘Rope a dope’ in particular becoming famous moves in the ring from Ali.
Outside of boxing however, Muhammad Ali broke down barriors and achieved more than perhaps any boxer ever has, or ever will.
His cultural impact on his home nation of America and indeed the world as a whole was immense, with the planet colletively feeling a loss today of one of it’s great human beings.
It’s hard to quantify in words the impact that Muhammad Ali had on people’s lives, such was it’s gravity.
His bravery and courage in the face of issues that he contended with throughout his life act as a shining beacon to me at least, of what man is capable of, at his very best.
If it wasn’t for Muhammad Ali there’s no denying that the sport of boxing wouldn’t be where it is today. One quote that Muhammad said once that I always think of when he comes to my mind is:
“He who is not courageous enough in life to take risk will accomplish nothing in life.”
Everyone at Boxing News and Views would like to pass on our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Muhammad Ali at this time.
Here is a a lovely tribute from Boxing Legends to a man who will simply never be forgotten, ever:
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