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People gather to look at projected images of Muhammad Ali during a tribute to the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali in Harlem, New York

‘The Greatest’ was no exaggeration

There are many stories about Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay in 1942 in segregated Louisville, Kentucky, the son of a domestic and a man who painted billboards. Born at the hinge of the south, he was spurred on to fight when his bicycle was stolen as a young man. His desire to “whup” the perpetrator led to him learning how to fight.