Originally Posted by taansend
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.
I am pretty sure it wasn't until I was nine or ten when I first became aware of Ali, and it was because I had a small crystal radio set which was my first radio and one night (I think it was 1974) I heard the new song, "The Black Superman" where Muhammad Ali floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee and I loved the song immediately. --------- -------------------------------That was my introduction to Ali, naturally as a kid Ali was one of my biggest hero's and probably the first boxer I knew, though maybe it was Lionel Rose or Tony Mundine because my dad was a proud supporter of Australian boxers, he told me so many stories about Aussies being rorted in boxing ever since Les Darcy, as it turns out, he was right.