‘I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”
There are not enough superlatives to describe this man. He’s an ambassador for so many things: boxing, equality, rights and religion. When you read his story and what he’s been through, you become inspired to go out there and make something of yourself. His interviews were mesmerizing, as he was able to captivate the audience with his powerful voice and his natural rhymes. Born Cassius Clay, the Louisville Lip took the World Heavyweight Title in one of the greatest upsets in the history of the sport, only to defend it in similar fashion. After converting to Islam, the now-Muhammad Ali had become an icon of new civil rights movements. He refused to fight in the Vietnam War, and so was suspended from the sport for three of his prime years. To get back was a struggle. However, against all odds, Ali came back stronger, defeating the younger, stronger Joe Frazier and George Foreman to retain his titles, truly making him the greatest of all time. Watching all the build-ups, the tensions and the fights, chills run down your spine from the excitement the man was able to create. For these reasons, Ali was awarded ‘Sportsman of the Century’. This glove signed by Ali is one to be cherished, as it holds the history of a strong man.