I don’t usually post content like this, but on this day, as Ali’s funeral in Louisville is to take place, I felt a tribute was deserved. Ali gets the inaugural ‘Tributes’ section of my website. The way we’re losing this generation of heroes and stars, he’s the first in what I suspect will be many.
This will post about the time his funeral is set to begin. This is my nod to the original owner of the title, ‘The People’s Champ.’ Ali was my introduction to the sport of Boxing; I remember watching a few of his fights in the late 80’s and being fascinated by the athlete and man. I knew nothing of his politics, but I watched his fights with enthusiasm. He began my personal interest in boxing, and was the reason I would stay up late on Friday and Saturday nights, watching Boxing on HBO when that showcase was hitting its peak in the early-to-mid 90’s.
We can all agree that Muhammad Ali was “The Greatest.” Below, you’ll see some of the fights as to why. As I posted to Facebook earlier, while working on this:
I’m looking at the fights of Muhammad Ali, and I fully understand now why he ended up in the shape he was in at his death. The dude fought a heavyweight fight every 1-3 months from the age of 18 until he was 25, then once every 3-6 months from 28 until 30 days from 40. I really hope the scientists involved get his brain to study.
I’m looking forward to watching as many of these as I can. Once I put together a playlist, I’ll have some good boxing to watch in my (non-existent) downtime.
8-0 • Alonzo Johnson • July 7, 1961
11-0 • Sonny Banks • Feb 2, 1962
16-0 Archie Moore • Nov 15, 1962
19-0 • Henry Cooper • Jun 18th, 1963
23-0 • George Chuvalo • Mar 3rd, 1966
24-0 • Henry Cooper II • May 21st, 1966
28-0 • Ernie Terrell • Feb 2, 1967
29-0 • Zora Folley • Mar 3rd, 1967
1967-1970 • At this time, Muhammad Ali is suspended for 3 years for his opposition to the Vietnam War.
Grioghar "Greg" Thomas-Baldwin likes to (formally) Powerlift, read comics, watch movies, jam to Bastard Pop, and hang out with his wife and kids when he's not working at The Starlite Drive-In making customers move their cars and high-fiving the kiddos. Then, he likes to write about all that, tech schtuff, and more, here, and elsewhere, under a few pseudonyms.