RIP Muhammad Ali - dead at 74

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The Greatest is dead.

Post by hanno » Sat Jun 04, 2016 11:46 am

Muhammad Ali just died. I am no boxing fan, but he was special.
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RIP Muhammad Ali - dead at 74

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Muhammad Ali, 'The Greatest of All Time', Dead at 74

"After a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening," Bob Gunnell, a family spokesman, told NBC News.

Ali had suffered for three decades from Parkinson's Disease, a progressive neurological condition that slowly robbed him of both his legendary verbal grace and his physical dexterity. A funeral service is planned in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

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Re: RIP Muhammad Ali - dead at 74

Post by phuketrichard » Sat Jun 04, 2016 12:05 pm

yesterday he was stable, this morning, critical;
knew his time was up,
a great sports figure and will be missed.


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Post by kiwiincambodia » Sat Jun 04, 2016 12:33 pm

It's a shame a true legend of the sporting world.

After reading the news yesterday it seemed it was going to happen soon.
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Re: RIP Muhammad Ali - dead at 74

Post by Yobbo » Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:51 pm

His stance as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam war was also commendable.
RIP Mr ALI :hattip:
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Post by Jamie_Lambo » Sat Jun 04, 2016 3:33 pm

Yobbo wrote:His stance as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam war was also commendable.
RIP Mr ALI :hattip:
yep they suspended his boxing license and stripped him of his world title!

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Re: RIP Muhammad Ali - dead at 74

Post by table42 » Sat Jun 04, 2016 4:05 pm

Yep, after he was banned from fighting and jailed and later when he retired I preferred to movies of his old fights rather than watch live bouts. Except for his "roper doper",which many thought helped cause his Parkinson Disease, his footwork was phenomenal.
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Post by franzjaeger » Sat Jun 04, 2016 4:15 pm

Rest in peace, I grew up with him in the 70's Just too fast for 25 frames pr. sec.
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Post by ot mien kampf » Sat Jun 04, 2016 5:24 pm

Disgusting individual who happened to be good at sport.
Aligning himself with the Nation of Islam, its leader Elijah Muhammad, and a narrative that labeled the white race as the perpetrator of genocide against African Americans made Ali a target of public condemnation. The NOI was widely viewed by whites and even some African Americans as a black separatist "hate religion" with a propensity toward violence; Ali had few qualms about using his influential voice to speak NOI doctrine.[19] In a press conference articulating his opposition to the Vietnam War, Ali stated, "my enemy is the white people, not the Vietcong".[19] In relation to integration, he said: "We who follow the teachings of Elijah Muhammad don't want to be forced to integrate. Integration is wrong. We don't want to live with the white man; that's all."[105] And in relation to inter-racial marriage: "No intelligent black man or black woman in his or her right black mind wants white boys and white girls coming to their homes to marry their black sons and daughters."[105] Indeed, Ali's religious beliefs at the time included the notion that the white man was "the devil" and that white people were not "righteous".
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Adding to the atmosphere were the considerable pre-fight theatrics and name calling. Ali portrayed Frazier as a "dumb tool of the white establishment". "Frazier is too ugly to be champ," Ali said. "Frazier is too dumb to be champ." Ali also frequently called Frazier an Uncle Tom. Dave Wolf, who worked in Frazier's camp, recalled that, "Ali was saying 'the only people rooting for Joe Frazier are white people in suits, Alabama sheriffs, and members of the Ku Klux Klan. I'm fighting for the little man in the ghetto.' Joe was sitting there, smashing his fist into the palm of his hand, saying, 'What the fuck does he know about the ghetto?'"[34]
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