Muhammad Ali, the man who floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee, has left an imprint on the hearts of boxers at the West Monroe Boxing Club.
“He was a real generous person and a lot of people didn’t know that. I have great respect for him as a boxer and as a person,” said Sparky McDuffie, the owner of West Monroe Boxing Club.
McDuffie said he started competing in boxing when he was 15 and was hooked ever since, and part of that is because of Ali.
He said instead of mourning the champions death, he and some friends reminisced on his great career.
“We realized he had already been sick and it had taken a turn for the worse as of late, but everybody started reflecting back, watching his different fights and everything.”
Another boxer, Samuel Green, said he was just a young boy in Nigeria when he first learned about Ali.
He said Ali wasn’t about showing off. He mastered his craft and showed everyone he was the best.
Muhammad Ali. The champ. Remembered for his skills and heart.