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Declan Lynch: Without doubt, Ali is 'The Greatest' TV star

We still feel a primal connection to the boxing legend because he elevated the human race, says Declan Lynch

Published 22/01/2012 | 05:00

Reading various tributes to Muhammad Ali at 70 last week, I had no problem with the Muhammad Ali part, it was the 70 that jarred with me.

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Maybe it's just because he started out in the time of black-and-white television, but Ali seems to have been around for a lot longer than 70 years. When you consider that most of us were not aware of him for the first 20 years of his life, and he has been retired for what seems like a very long time, it doesn't quite seem to add up.

In fact, I saw him on black-and-white TV only the other day and I found it enthralling.

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