Wednesday 7 December 2016

'The greatest has fought his final round' - Tributes pour in for the late Muhammad Ali

Published 04/06/2016 | 08:07

The Champion Gets Belted, Muhammad Ali admires the Hickok Belt at Waldorf Astoria, where he was named Professional Athlete of 1974. He got 25 1/2 more votes than Hank Aaron. While relishing past glories, Ali announced future plans: he'll fight Chuck Wepner in Cleveland March 24. (Photo By: Dan Farrell/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
The Champion Gets Belted, Muhammad Ali admires the Hickok Belt at Waldorf Astoria, where he was named Professional Athlete of 1974. He got 25 1/2 more votes than Hank Aaron. While relishing past glories, Ali announced future plans: he'll fight Chuck Wepner in Cleveland March 24. (Photo By: Dan Farrell/NY Daily News via Getty Images)

Tributes have flooded in from the sports world and beyond for Muhammad Ali.

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Retired Irish professional boxer Barry McGuigan said that "we lost the greatest sportsman that's ever lived".

"God be good to Muhammed Ali," he tweeted.

Former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield told MSNBC: "I'm glad to have known Ali because when I was a kid, at eight years old, I was told I would be like Ali.

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"To take it upon yourself and say; 'I'm the greatest', you put yourself in a position for people to take pot shots at you. This is what Ali did. It's amazing him becoming three-time heavyweight champion of the world. At that time people thought, 'Who could beat three?

"You have to be stronger to get up from a loss to go on and that's what Ali proved to be."

Former England footballer Gary Lineker tweeted: "The greatest has fought his final round. Muhammad Ali was the most magnificent athlete who transcended his sport."

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Argentinian boxer Marcos Maidana, a two-weight former world champion, tweeted: "Muhammad Ali the all-time greatest has left us. Thanks for everything. Go with God."

Musician Wyclef Jean wrote: "I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was. Rest in peace to the greatest @MuhammadAli #MuhammedAli we lost another legend."












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