5 Jun 2016

Keith Quinn on Muhammad Ali

From Sunday Morning, 9:41 am on 5 June 2016

Kiwi sports broadcaster Keith Quinn says Muhammad Ali was a "beautiful fighter".

American legendary boxer Muhammad Ali (Cassius Marcellus Clay) (center) visiting Moscow.
Vladimir Vyatkin / RIA Novosti / Sputnik

Ali visiting Moscow. Photo: AFP

Considered by manY to the greatest boxer ever, Ali died over the weekend aged 74.

He called himself the greatest and for years was the greatest  - but of course he was more than a sportsperson, he famously became a symbol of the 1960s anti-war movement.

Since 1980 he suffered from Parkinson's disease.

But at his height, he might well have been the most famous person on the planet.

Quinn was a big fan and followed Ali's career professionally.

He talks to Wallace Chapman about Muhammad Ali's career and his visit to New Zealand in 1979.

World pays tribute to Muhammad Ali