Also was amazing that he finished the first Frazier fight (reportedly) with a broken jaw.
While a great boxer who rarely failed to thrill in the ring I felt that the way he treated Joe Frazier, calling him an Uncle Tom and the white mans champion (which resulted in Joes kids getting bullied in school and the family needing police protection with multiple death threats), was way outta line.
Joe was a sharecroppers son back when sharecropping was a short step away from slavery. He had lived in the rural South where he experienced the most virulent racism and had to leave town at 15 for standing up to a white man who beat a young black worker.
And Joe had been a friend to Ali, lending him money when he was banned from boxing and testified to get him reinstated.
Ali sort of apologized to Joe (although never to his face) before Joe died, and Joe said he forgave him, but to me it always tainted how I looked at Ali.
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