Jun 4, 2016 3:52 PM

The late Muhammad Ali had ties to New England


Muhammad Ali has been called many things, including the most important figure of the 20th century, according to the Boston Globe.

Believe it or not, Ali has quite a few connections to Boston and New England.

Ali's second fight with Sonny Liston was scheduled to be at the Old Boston Garden in November of 1964. Ali was staying in room 611 of the Sherry Biltmore Hotel on Massachusetts Ave when he became sick a few days before the fight and was rushed to Boston City Hospital. He was treated for an incarcerated inguinal hernia. A Boston promoter lost thousands of dollars when the fight was postponed and moved to another venue. Eventually, the second fight between Ali and Liston was moved not to far north, to Lewiston, Maine.

In 1994 Ali attended the Ted Williams Museum in Hernando, FL. The room was filled with 37 baseball Hall of Famers, most of whom where there to see Ali.

In the same year, Ali attended a fundraiser dinner at the Park Plaza and was honored by Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society.

People around the country and the world are remembering Ali after the former heavyweight champion and civil right activist died Friday night, but here in New England we have the opportunity to remember the times he spent in Boston, and throughout the region.


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