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Remnick delivers knock out story
on 25 May 2001
As a young boy Ali was my first hero. I can vividly remember all the hype before the first Liston fight and seeing the legendary 'Tale of the Tape' section in my local paper, and then watching the fight highlights on tv the next evening. Liston was superbad, the bookies didn't give Ali a chance, the rest is history. I've read just about everything ever written in book form about Ali, and this book is at the top of the pile. The book is more than a story of a boxer and a few of his most famous fights. It's about race, injustice and bigotry. It's also about boxing, and has great insights into what kind of people Liston and Patterson were. We will never see another like Ali, there is not a boxer in this world who is fit to lace his elegant white boots. I can only hope that Remnick goes the whole hog and does another book on Ali. Ali is probably the most famous and recognisable person alive in the world today. One would think that everything that could be has been written about Ali in the past, but Remnick has gone way beyond round 15 and conjured up another victory in the fight for justice in life, race and understanding why men go into the ring and risk everything just to be King of the World.