In denial about UK refs
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Your Earlier Memory Of Ali.
Every fight fan (and most sports fans) whether 7 or 77 has knowledge of Ali.
Really, you have to be over 40 (or so to remember him as a fighter. But I'm sure he stands out in younger fans memories too.
My earliest memories of him are vaguely of the Thrilla in Manila - although more so from him being on tv than the fight. I remember well his bouts with Spinks - the rematch was on my 10th birthday.
But I also remember he promoted these big burgers on TV. Burgers weren't a big deal in the UK in the 70's so it stood out. The commercial went something like "You need a big mouth to eat a big burger" & then he took a bite out of it. I can even picture him doing it.