President Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Hon Daniel Igali has paid tributes to boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who has died at the age of 74.
Igali said Mohammad Ali transformed boxing and indeed professional sports with his style and brashness.
He said the legend will be sorely missed, but his legacy will forever endure.
He noted that kids who could not speak English in Nigeria then, we could recite: “fly like a butterfly and sting like a bee.”
“You transformed boxing and indeed professional sports with your style and brashness” he said.
“I thank God today for having allowed us to be around your rich presence” he expressed.
According to him, “Ali may have gone, but your influence will last for centuries. Mohammed Ali – the greatest – sleep well”
“You possessed principles, you had guts, you were a warrior and you were the quintessential Icon”, Igali ended.
The three-time world heavyweight champion, widely regarded as one of the greatest sportsmen of all-time, died on June 3 at a hospital in the American city of Phoenix after being admitted on June 2.
He was suffering from respiratory issues with reports suggesting his breathing problems had been complicated by Parkinson’s disease, which he had suffered from since 1984 – three years after retiring from boxing.