Muhammad Ali. The Greatest died last night at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he was being treated for respiratory complications. He was 74.
I’ve been a life-long fan of Ali and met him at CHQR in Calgary when he was touring and putting on 3 round exhibition fights after having his boxing licence restored following the U.S. Supreme Court decision. The licence should not have been revoked over Ali’s refusal to be inducted into the U.S. military.
For 30+ plus years, Ron Foxcroft has been in the company of the world’s greatest athletes and sports officials through his years as an NCAA Division 1 basketball referee (reffed Michael Jordan’s first college game), also Gold Medal game at ’76 Summer Olympics in Montreal and sports entrepreneur (Fox40 whistle, official whistle of the NCAA, NFL, NHL, NBA, CFL, World Cup of Soccer, etc).
What are your memories of Muhammed Ali? Was it a fight, something he said, or an overview of the career of this man who meant so much to millions all around the world?
What was it about Muhammed Ali that really stood out to you?