Great Britain’s Muhammad Ali Is Boxing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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.

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 20-year-old Muhammad Ali. © AFP
The 20-year-old Muhammad Ali. © AFP

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.

Good luck Muhammad Ali, bring home the gold! 

Written by Hanan Challouki

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