Muhammad Ali Named "King of Boxing" by World Boxing Council
Related Videos
Popular
Most Recent
Most Viewed

Description


Legendary prizefighter Muhammad Ali was named "King of Boxing" on Monday (December 3) at the World Boxing Council's 50th annual convention in Cancun, Mexico. Ali was appointed King of Boxing by a special committee headed by current WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and Mexico's six-time world champion, Julio Cesar Chavez.

Transcript


SHOWS: CANCUN, MEXICO (DECEMBER 3, 2012)(REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 1. MUHAMMAD ALI BEING PRESENTED WITH A ROBE BY SAUL ALVAREZ, JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ, JOSE SULAIMAN AND VITALI KLITSCHKO 2. GENERAL VIEW OF EVENT 3. MUHAMMAD ALI ON STAGE WITH ROBE 4. GENERAL VIEW OF EVENT 5. (SOUNDBITE)(English) LONNIE ALI, WIFE OF MUHAMMAD ALI, SAYING: "Thank you. Thank you so much for giving him this honour. We really appreciate it, the entire Ali family. This will be something that will be held with high esteem, to be exhibited at some point at the Ali Center in Louisville that promotes Muhammad's legacy. This will be part of his legacy. Thank you so much." 6. PEOPLE APPLAUDING AFTER LONNIE ALI'S COMMENTS 7. PEOPLE APPLAUDING STORY: Legendary prizefighter Muhammad Ali was named "King of Boxing" on Monday (December 3) at the World Boxing Council's 50th annual convention in Cancun, Mexico. Ali was appointed King of Boxing by a special committee headed by current WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and Mexico's six-time world champion, Julio Cesar Chavez. Ali, 70, who suffers from Parkinsons' disease, did not speak at the event. He was accompanied to the event by his wife Lonnie, with whom he has been married since 1986. Lonnie Ali thanked the WBC for the honour and said that the robe and crown would be exhibited at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky, Ali's hometown. "Thank you. Thank you so much for giving him this honour. We really appreciate it, the entire Ali family. This will be something that will be held with high esteem, to be exhibited at some point at the Ali Center in Louisville that promotes Muhammad's legacy. This will be part of his legacy. Thank you so much," she said. Current WBC light middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez was also on hand to give Ali the award. About 100 current and former boxing champions were on hand to witness Ali's crowning. Three-time heavyweight champion is widely considered to the the greatest boxer of all-time, having fought professionally from 1960 to 1981, during which time he lost only 5 of 61 bouts, 37 of which he won by knockout. In 1999, Ali was named "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated magazine and "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC.