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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali turns 70

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali turns 70
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The legendary heavyweight showman of the boxing world, Muhammad Ali, turned 70 on Tuesday.

He celebrated with family and friends in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky at the weekend.

He was the first man to win the world heavyweight championship three times, but it was his outspoken support for black people’s rights that made him one of the most influential sports stars of the 20th century.

Some of his most memorable bouts in the ring were with Joe Frazier – they met three times and Ali won twice.

In 1967 he had polarised anti-war opinion by refusing to go to Vietnam. He inflamed the American establishment by saying the Viet Cong had never been racist to him

He was given a jail sentence for draft-dodging, and his boxing licence was revoked. He did not get it back for more than three years.

Since the early 1980s, Ali’s fight has been with Parkinson’s disease, but in many people’s eyes he is still the greatest.