LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) – Muhammad Ali never stepped foot inside Louisville TKO Boxing but his footprints are all over Jeffery Clancy.
“He’s from where I’m from,” said Clancy. “I walk the streets and I’m thinking, I wonder if Muhammad Ali walked through the same streets I’m walking on.”
The 17 year old Clancy as well as his peers at the gym weren’t alive to see Ali fight in his heyday but make no mistake, they know who is and why he will forever be “The Champ.”
“What separated him from others is what he did outside the ring,” said 30-year-old Braxton Carter.
“Ali cared for something much more than just himself,” said James Dixon, owner of Louisville TKO Boxing. “He cared about his people, his community, and those less fortunate.”
It’s been almost 35 years since his last fight but Dixon says Ali’s skills still translate to success in the sport today.
“Ali had great feet in the ring,” said Dixon. “He had a great jab and you have to have both to be successful.”
Ironically, what also made Ali great was the stuff most boxers wouldn’t dare try in the ring.
“You don’t get told to pull your head back and jab,” said Carter. “His athleticism and length is why he could get away with it.“
“It’s kind of a boxing sin to move that much in the ring but I do it like he does,” said Clancy.
Hey, if you are going to emulate someone, it might as well be the greatest!
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