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Muhammad Ali Celebrated in Cancun, Deemed 'King of Boxing'

Posted: Dec. 10th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Ali, King of Boxing
Boxing Bob Newman

Cancun, Mexico, hosted an event held by the WBC (World Boxing Council) at the Grand Oasis Hotel. The touching event also presented multiple lifetime achievement awards to notable boxers Jean-Claude Biver and Roberto Borge Angulo (now the governor of Quintana Roo), marking a beautiful celebration for a sport normally seen as anything but.

In a moving ceremony Monday morning in Cancun, Mexico, Muhammad Ali was crowned “King Of Boxing” during the official opening of the 50th WBC convention. The Arena at the Grand Oasis Hotel held over one thousand delegates who were here for one reason more than any other- to witness the foregone coronation of “The Greatest.” Had Ali not been here on the Mayan Peninsula for the special event, of course the convention attendees would’ve participated in the opening ceremonies, listened to speeches and watched awards being presented. This was different however. This was special. The most recognizable face on earth would show his face here, for a time behind dark sunglasses.


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