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The world remembers Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali (R) (formerly Cassius Clay), is seen here with his trainer Angelo Dundee ahead of his fight with Ernie Terrell at the Astrodome, Houston, Texas, U.S.Feburary 6, 1967. Action Images / MSI/File

Muhammad Ali (L) punches Richard Dunn while fighting for the WBC ; WBA Heavyweight Title in Munich, Germany May 24, 1976. Action Images / Sporting Pictures/File Photo

Muhammad Ali poses with gloves in this undated portrait: Action Images / Sporting Pictures/File Photo

Muhammad Ali is seen cuddling his daughters Laila, (L ) and Hana (R) at a Hotel in London, Britain December 19, 1978: Action Images / MSI/File Photo

Joe Frazier (R) lands a left hook on Muhammad Ali during the first of their three epic battles at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, U.S. March 8, 1971. The Fight of the Century (also known as The Fight) is the title boxing writers and historians have given to the boxing match between champion Joe Frazier (26-0, 23 KOs) and challenger Muhammad Ali (31-0, 25 KOs): Action Images / MSI/File Photo

Muhammad Ali and his entourage try to wind up Ken Norton ahead of their third fight in New York, New York, U.S. September 23, 1976: Action Images / MSI/File Photo

US boxer Muhammad Ali (formerly Cassius Clay) is pictured at his West End Hotel during his stay in London, Britain to fight Henry Cooper May 9. 1966: Action Images / MSI/File Photo

Muhammad Ali (formerly Cassius Clay) trains at his Pennsylvanian mountain retreat in Owigsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. August 27, 1974 for his fight against George Foreman in Zaire: Action Images / MSI/File Photo

Cassius Clay (R) (later Muhammad Ali) predicts that he will in the fifth round before his fight with Henry Cooper at Wembley Stadium in London, Britain June 18, 1963: Action Images / MSI/File Photo

Muhammad Ali (R) fights Ken Norton at Yankee Stadium in the third fight between the two heavyweights in New York City, New York, U.S., September 28,1976: Action Images / MSI/File Photo

A smiling Muhammad Ali shows his fist to reporters during an impromptu press conference in Mexico City July 9, 1987. REUTERS/Jorge Nunez

Boxing great Muhammad Ali (R) eats a piece of his birthday cake as boxer Mike Tyson looks on January 17, at the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ali was celebrating his 57th birthday.

Muhammad Ali accepts the President's Award accompanied by his wife Yolanda Williams at the 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles February 12, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

As the world mourns the loss of another legend, we celebrate "the greatest" Muhammad Ali.

The world remembers Muhammad Ali

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”

Muhammad Ali, aged 74, sadly passed away at the weekend.

Remembered by loved ones, friends and fans, the three-time heavyweight champion lost his life at the Phoenix-area hospital after being treated for respiratory complications.

A spokesperson for the family told PEOPLE that Ali’s funeral would take place in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

“After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening,” spokesman Bob Gunnell said in a statement. “The Ali family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and support and asks for privacy at this time.”

The legend had been battling Parkinson’s disease since 1984 – three years after his retirement from professional boxing.

One of Ali’s defining moments, aside from his sporting achievements, was his refusal to be drafted into the Vietnam War.

The decision cost him his title and years of potential fights but, ever the activist, Ali stayed true to himself and remained steadfast in his refusal to participate in the widely unsupported war.

“My conscious won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America. And shoot them for what?”

Ali was named a Messenger of Peace by the United Nations in 1998, “Over the years Mr. Ali has been a relentless advocate for people in need and a significant humanitarian actor in the developing world, supporting relief and development initiatives and hand-delivering food and medical supplies to hospitals, street children and orphanages in Africa and Asia,” the organisation said.

Ali retired in 1981 with a record of 56 wins, 5 losses and 37 knockouts.

He will always be known as the greatest boxer that ever lived.

 

 

 

 

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