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Cassius Clay, who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali, went to the Olympic Games in 1960 and, as you would expect from a man known as ‘The Greatest’, won gold. What happened to that medal, though, is anyone’s guess.

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Boxing lends itself to political expression. There is the theatre, the anticipation, the blood of primeval sacrifice.

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When Muhammad Ali died on June 3, 2016, memorials and tributes flowed from across the globe. 40 years earlier, almost to the day, a boxer who Ali himself said could have been the greatest died facedown in the parking lot of a whorehouse in the Nevada desert.

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As the faithful chanted a Muslim prayer in unison, dignitaries and fans stood shoulder to shoulder to honour a man who used his celebrity to push for peace among races, religions and cultures.

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I have been a fan of superheroes since the day I was born.

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Watching eight Super Rugby games a weekend, most of them live, comes at a cost. Romantic dinners, movie dates and pitching in to help sand down and re-varnish that old dresser are but mere concepts that exist in some make-believe, fantasy world.

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Only boxers are allowed to give themselves a nickname. It’s a privilege that comes with having the courage, or stupidity to step into that lonely ring.

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The passing of Muhammad Ali at the age of 74 was a sad day not just for boxing fans, but for the world as a whole.

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On the fourth of June 2016, the world mourned the passing of Muhammad Ali, who passed away after a long and well-documented battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

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Muhammad Ali’s last fight was against Trevor Berbick in 1981, five years before I was born.

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There are seminal moments in one’s life where you always remember where you were when you received news of great import.

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Sport to many of us, is where the past and the future merge, to meet us at the present.

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I’m not the slightest bit embarrassed to admit I cried on Saturday. Muhammad Ali was my idol and it breaks my heart to think that he’s gone.

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This is the news not just boxing fans, but sports fans all around the world have been dreading for the past two days – the champ is no more.

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Muhammad Ali has passed away in an American hospital aged 74. Known for his fast mouth as much as his lightening-quick reflexes, here are some of Ali’s best quotes.

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You have to be extraordinary to carry off a self-imposed description of yourself as ‘The Greatest.’ But Muhammad Ali, dead at 74, called himself that and no one dared to challenge him.

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“I am the greatest. I am the greatest thing that ever lived!” No athlete was as audacious, as spectacular or influential.

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When Cassius Clay boasted “I am the greatest,” in 1963 he wasn’t even the world heavyweight boxing champion, but few would dare to argue against the statement.

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The world is mourning Muhammad Ali’s passing today. He had a massive global impact both inside and outside the boxing ring.

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Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali has died today, having been hospitalized for several days in Phoenix, Arizona, being treated for respiratory complications. He was 74 years old.

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