Muhammad Ali just lost an Olympic boxing match.
No, this isn’t a report from 1960. (And as boxing fans know, Ali — then fighting as Cassius Clay — won all four of his matches en route to the Gold.)
Muhammad Ali, a 20-year-old flyweight from Great Britain, went down to defeat on Monday at the Olympics.
Let Yahoo‘s Kevin Iole — one of the best boxing scribes in the business — set the scene from Rio:
The chant in the auditorium was familiar, even if it came with a British tinge:
“Ali! Ali! Ali!”
Boxing fans who were around in the 1970s surely had heard of, or been part of, such chants in support of the late Muhammad Ali, the former heavyweight champion who died in June.
On Monday, in a tiny out-of-the-way building thousands of miles from home, there was another Muhammad Ali dancing around the ring, the crowd chanting his name enthusiastically in support
But the British Ali neither floated like a butterfly nor stung like a bee on Monday. He dropped a unanimous decision to Yoel Segundo Finol of Venezuela, 30-27 on all scorecards.
“He’s a guy with great talent and he has a great name,” Finol said of young Ali.
Who knows? Perhaps one day, he too will shake up the world.
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