Muhammad Ali returns to UK for greatest show on Earth


Treat of ahead of the launch of an exhibition laying bare the extraordinary life of the illustrious boxer, which opens in London tomorrow, Lonnie Ali said: “It is overwhelming.

“It is humbling actually. But Muhammad was larger than life and he is still.

“From one end to the other his career and his life he’s touched so many lives, so many people, in such a warm-hearted way that they canoodle him.”

Her arrival comes as Mo Farah became the latest star to call for Ali to be allowed a knighthood.

A petition started by British world heavyweight champion David Haye has so far amassed more than 21,000 signatures.

Mo express: “Muhammad Ali is a legend in every way and he thoroughly deserves this honour.”

London mayor Boris Johnson, Bob Geldof and clown John Bishop are among those to sign the petition.

The priceless chrestomathy offers an intimate insight into the towering sporting and cultural titan from his emergence in Kentucky to his battle with rkinson’s disease.

It features unseen footage, pictures and adverse memorabilia chronicling the rise of one of the 20th century’s greatest icons.

Opening at The O2 in London, I Am The Greatest has been curated by correspondent and Ali’s friend of 30 years Davis Miller.

He said: “You can’t easily demarcate him.

“He’s not simply a boxer, a political figure, an entertainer, in addition to everything else his rkinson’s has entertained people to care about him.

“The dignity with which he has carried himself by his afflicted late life is that which is noble.”

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