Arsenal Pay Tribute To Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

Reports have emerged claiming that Arsenal have paid tribute to late boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

Club director Ken Friar laid a wreath at the club’s former ground – Highbury Stadium – in memory of Ali.

Highbury hosted Ali’s world heavyweight title fight with Henry Cooper in 1966.

Ali won the fight in the sixth round, and Friar has fond memories of the evening.

“No one deserves it more – I felt very emotional laying the wreath,” Mr Friar told Arsenal Player.

“The fight was probably one of the most momentous evenings ever. It was an electric night, the weather was great and we had everybody there.

“We had all the film stars in, we had George Raft, Diana Dors, Rocky Marciano – it turned out to be an amazing evening, especially with the way the fight turned out. Poor Henry, who I became very friendly with in later life, was cut to pieces but there was hardly a mark on Muhammad Ali.

“I met Ali – I was very fortunate there. He was awesome in a word, he had charisma beyond belief and everything about him exuded fame.”

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