BY JOE APU
The executives of the Nigeria Boxing Board of Control, NBB of C have joined the world in mourning the late boxing legend, Muhammed Ali who passed on last Friday.
Speaking with Daily Sunsports on Tuesday on behalf of the body, executive member of the board and commissioner of the World Boxing Council, WBC, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo noted that the demise of the boxer is one the world will find difficult to replace.
“The great boxing legend Muhammed Ali brought glamour and respect to the art of boxing. After winning the gold medal in the Rome 1960 Olympic Games, it was clear that when he joined the professional ranks, he came with class and finesse leaving impressive records. That he predicted the rounds in which he won his fights remains something of great interest.
“One cannot forget in a hurry many of his great fights especially how he stunned the then undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion, Sunny Liston to dethrone him. The fights Thriller in Manilla, Rumble in the Jungle and demystifying George Forman left many respecting him the more in the boxing world.”
He had a way with words that he used in cowing his opponents even the fight. As a boxer, he was instrumental to encouraging boxers all over the world,” Ladipo observed.
Adding voice to Ladipo’s voice, Effiong Nyong said that the fact that Ali chose to remain with the sport despite being stripped of his title for refusing draft to fight in Viatnam is a great sacrifice. “Other athletes would have preferred to hold on to their title but instead, Ali chose to be stripped and go to jail. That’s the mark of a great man.”
Ladipo also recalled at the suggestion that boxing be banned because of the Parkinson disease he was suffering, Ali stood for the game insisting that boxing is a noble sport that had provided a chance for others to excel.
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Source : SunOnline