CORONATION: (l-r) Undisputed middleweight champion Sergio Martinez with Ali and his wife Lonnie
LEGENDARY FIGHTER Muhammad Ali was named “King of Boxing” by governing body the World Boxing Council (WBC) at their 50th convention on December 3 in Cancun, Mexico.
Nicknamed ‘The Greatest’, the former-three time heavyweight world champion boxed professionally from 1960 to 1981 and amassed a record of 56 wins (37 K.Os) and five losses.
An Olympic gold medallist, Ali was infamously stripped of his world title in 1967 after he refused to serve in the Vietnam War due to his religious beliefs and was not allowed to box again until 1970.
Since retiring from boxing in 1981, Ali has travelled extensively on international charitable missions and devoted his time to social causes.
Prior to the event taking place WBC president Jose Sulaiman was full of praise for the man also known as ‘The Louisville Lip’.
“It will be a recognition for an entire life of greatness,” said Sulaiman. “There's nobody in the world who has done what Ali has done."