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Plumber gets snap with his hero Ali

AN Irishman got to meet his sporting hero Muhammad Ali thanks to broken water pipes.

Plumber Tony Kelly (24), who lives and works in Louisville, Kentucky, was repairing burst pipes at a home when colleagues claimed Ali lived nearby.

Tony admits he didn't believe them – but walked across the street and knocked on the door anyway.

He told Ali's wife Yolanda that he was Ali's biggest fan from Ireland; and she invited him in to meet the former heavyweight champion.

"I knocked on the door and asked would be possible to meet him."

Yolanda then took this snap of Tony with his idol.