It may surprise many people, considering how anti-physical violence I am-my bark is worse than my bite-but I am a huge boxing fan. To me, there is nothing more physical and more intense than watching two people punch each other in a controlled environment. Also, boxing is a good way to become physically fit. I wouldn’t mind taking it up myself, except it would mean I had to actually go to a gym and be around people.
Being a boxing fan, I was both shocked and saddened by the death of Muhammad Ali on June 3. Yes, I realize he had been sick with Parkinson’s for over 30 years, but it was still a shock. Maybe it is because he shined so brightly both as a boxer and as a person, maybe it was because he was such a legend it was almost like he was immortal. I literally never expected him to die.
Plenty of other boxers have come and gone, but there will never again be anyone like Muhammad Ali. Yes, he angered people. He marched to his own drum and did things his own way. He also lived clean, was a role model to his people, and loved his family. Since him, many boxers have made more of a name for themselves due to their antics outside the ring. Ali may have refused to serve in the Vietnam War, but at least her never raped anyone or overdosed on drugs. He was a true gentleman, and a true great. Boxing and the world will never be the same now that “The Greatest” is gone.