Stories about Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer of all time… now on Twitter!

There has been debate over who is the greatest in the world of boxing. Yes, Joe Louis and Sugar Ray Robinson are among the list, but it is Muhammad Ali who raised the bar of boxing to a whole new level. As he himself said, “Float likke a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.” Born as Cassius Clay, Jr in 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA it all started when Clay’s bike got stolen when he was 12-years-old. When he went to report his stolen bike to the police, the police officer introduced him to Joe E Martin who owned a ...

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Mixed Martial Arts: Pakistan versus Afghanistan – a ‘patriotically personal’ match!

In spite of there being many local wrestling akharas (training hall for martial artists) in Pakistan where desi pehlwan’s dish it out, as well as a number of martial arts schools, a match between the two different styles of fighters was never heard of in the country. Being a fan of full contact sports, I found the recent decline in martial arts, kabbadi and wrestling events to be very disappointing. Growing up, I was used to watching these three sports on national TV but then it all faded into oblivion. On the other hand, in the rest of the world a new full contact sport was on the rise ...

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Can a 12-year-old girl dance with Fawad Khan and sing about being together?

Step aside, Pitbull. There’s a brand new way to be inappropriately close to women way out of your league!  It is a lesson not just for Pakistanis but for all humanity, for all men and children who are aiming to be men. Arbaz Khan, the pre-teen pre-pubescent boy, whose baby fat is still probably lodged in places that only the next five years can remove, shakes his groove with a woman old enough to be his mother. My eyes widen as does Mathira’s cleavage. My throat constricts as Mathira belts out one tuneless note after another. Not that I am against sex-positive feminism or against ...

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Muhammad Ali: An unexpected inspiration

I’ve never been involved in a proper fist-fight, but somehow I’ve found inspiration in the form of a former professional boxer. If that isn’t ironic enough, do take note of the fact that I generally find boxing to be a cruel sport. No offense to anyone connected to boxing, but isn’t the objective of each bout to explicitly beat your opponent down to a pulp? It’s beyond me really. What isn’t beyond me, though, is admiration for one of the greatest boxing legends of all time: Muhammad Ali. Ali provides two-fold inspiration. Firstly, he was quite the fighter! One only needs ...

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