On Wednesday, June 8, 2016, WBA Welterweight champion Keith Thurman opened his training camp up to the media in St. Petersburg as he prepares to defend his title against former world champion Shawn Porter on Saturday, June 25 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Below are Thurman’s thoughts on Ali:
“Muhammad Ali opened up the door for so many people. Michael Jordan changed the game in our era, but Ali did it so long ago. He showed people that boxing is a great sport and can be the most entertaining sport in the world. He was a great person. He stood up for all of his beliefs. From the changing of his name, religious views, political views–boycotting the war–it’s amazing and I wish I grew up with Muhammad Ali. To look back it’s very clear and it doesn’t take much to see that Muhammad Ali was very special.”
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Alejandro "Alex" Burgos is a former Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Round By Round Boxing. He is a professional blogger, SEO Consultant and Marketing Director at Capital Practice Consulting in Washington, DC.