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Muhammad Ali's Hometown Renames Airport in His Honor

Muhammad Ali's hometown of Louisville, Ky., has renamed its airport in honor of the boxing legend-turned-activist who died in 2016.

The Louisville Regional Airport Authority board announced its decision on Wednesday to call the airport the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport.

"Muhammad became one of the most well-known people to ever walk the Earth and has left a legacy of humanitarianism and athleticism that has inspired billions of people," said Mayor Greg Fischer in a press release from the board. "It important that we, as a city, further champion The Champ's legacy, and the airport renaming is a wonderful next step."

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Lonnie Ali, his widow, said she was proud of the board's decision.

"Muhammad was a global citizen, but he never forgot the city that gave him his start," she said in the statement.

Muhammad Ali called Louisville "one of the greatest cities in America." After defeating heavyweight champion George Foreman in the historic 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle" match, he gave a shout-out to his hometown.

"I'm recognized all over the world now, but my greatness came and started in Louisville," he said.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Richard G on 01-17-2019

Would have been interesting if the airport was named Cassius Clay Airport LOL.

Comment by Eff Pandas on 01-17-2019

[QUOTE=E-Thug;19439813] You appear triggered by Ali. Let me guess, it's because he's black right? Handsome? Better than Louis (whom you claimed would have beaten Ali LMFAO Louis would have been eaten alive)? Refused to do the Government's dirty work in…

Comment by Shontae De'marc on 01-17-2019

[QUOTE=lopetego;19439831]Oh good for Ali I thought yanks would be afraid of an airport with a muslim name[/QUOTE] Nah they're just scared when a muslim walks into a gay bar

Comment by lopetego on 01-17-2019

Oh good for Ali I thought yanks would be afraid of an airport with a muslim name

Comment by E-Thug on 01-17-2019

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;19438566]Lol go look up the conversation I've been having with Tom Cruise in some Mayweather titled thread for specifics. I'd rather not rehash it all here in a Ali, the man, positive thread + its all pretty long winded…

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