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Muhammad Ali, the Greatest boxer, passes away

Sat, Jun 04, 2016, 10:56 AM
Muhammad Ali, of the Catch-me-if-you-can boxing fame, is no more.

After a 32-year sparring with Parkinson's disease, `the Greatest' in boxing history passed away at the age of 74 in Arizona.

A funeral service is planned in his native Louisville, Kentucky.

Muhammad Ali, born as Cassius Clay, preferred to change his name as he shunned the slavish past of his community.

Ali did not shy away from politics or controversy, both in the ring and out of it. Last December, he criticised the Republican candidate, Donal Trump, for proposing to ban Muslims from entering the United States. He said, `We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own agenda.'

He did not enlist for the Vietnam War, even while fighting in the ring, knocking out all-time greats like Sonny Liston, Floyd Patterson and so on.

He had the gift of the gab and earned the nickname, Louisville Lip.

Ali acted against American racism. After he was refused service at a soda fountain, Ali said he threw his Rome Olympic gold Medal into a river.

Ali came under the spell of a American Muslim sect leader Malcolm X, and joined it.

After he beat Sonny Liston before a stunned Miami beach crowd, Ali proclaimed, `I am the greatest! I am the greatest! I am the King of the World!' He remains one even in his death.
Agency: Ap7am Desk

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