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Sculpture of giant boxing gloves returns to Smoketown neighborhood

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Giant boxing gloves are back in place in a Louisville neighborhood that gave birth to boxing legend Muhammad Ali. 

Friday marked the re-dedication of the sculpture, a symbol of the Smoketown neighborhood where many boxers -- including Ali and Jimmy Ellis -- first learned the sport. 

It was put into storage for about three years during construction at Sheppard Square.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer also announced that an addition to the nearby Presbyterian Community Center where Ali learned to box will be named after his trainer, Fred Stoner.

"Behind every great champion, there's a teacher -- a person interested in sharing wisdom to lift the next generation," said Fischer. "For the young Cassius Clay and others, Fred Stoner was that teacher. The future Muhammad Ali may not have changed the world if not for Fred's teachings right here in Smoketown."

Louisville sculptor Ed Hamilton created the artwork about 24 years ago. 

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