Nigerians mourn Muhammed Ali

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Muhammad Ali

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Chuka Momah, a prolific boxing analyst on Saturday described Mohammed Ali, who died on Friday, as a boxer of exemplary humanity, whose legacy would always be remembered and cherished.

Ali, 74, one of the greatest legends of the sport, passed away on June 3 at a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., after being admitted on Thursday.

He had contracted a respiratory illness, a condition that was complicated by his years of suffering the Parkinson’s disease.

Momah disclosed in Lagos that one of the ways that the upcoming boxers could immortalise Ali as the `greatest boxing legend’, was by imbibing his ethics and morals, which made him outstanding all through his boxing career.

“All aspiring boxers should strive to be half as great as he was. They should be honest about it.

“Ali had worked hard to reach the top of his profession as amateur and pro-boxer and was humble; his death is so heart breaking, because he was not just a boxer, he was a human rights activists.

“He changed the face of boxing and paved a way that upcoming boxers should take advantage of to also reach the top,” he added.

Renowned sports analyst Mitchel Obi of Mastersports International, Lagos, who also acknowledged Ali as the greatest boxer of all time, said he gave boxing a meaning.

“Ali was phenomenal. He was superman. A man who refocused our mind to who black Americans were and advocated the virtue of racial equality; he reminded us of what humanity was all about”.

Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN and an apostle of Ali, during his days as a student in the U.S., said he was not just great but the greatest legend of all times.

“Ali was not just a boxer but a spiritual and political leader, who was at one time, the conscience of all the …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper