He was named after the greatest boxer of all time and he’s making his dreams come true: the British 20-year-old flyweight Muhammad Ali is participating in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He already won bronze at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
Great Britain have a boxer on their Olympics team called Muhammad Ali #NoPressureKid
— Lee Costello (@sitelee) August 5, 2016
Ali reserved his spot at the Olympics by winning first-place at the 2016 European Qualifiers. He’s also the youngest on the British boxing team to participate in the Rio Olympics.
The young Muhammad Ali told Irish Mirror: “I’ve always looked up to Ali. He was a good human being. He said what he believed in. I respect that.”
The Irish Mirror asked him what it’s like, having the same name as the boxing legend. Ali answered: “I get asked about it all the time. I won’t say it’s been an advantage, but people do say, ‘Who is this?’.”
Fun fact: if he wins a gold medal, he would be the second Muhammad Ali to do so. The boxing legend won the gold medal at the Olympics in Rome of 1960.
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) August 6, 2016
Good luck Muhammad Ali, bring home the gold!