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Muhammad Ali fails to live up to name at Rio Olympics 2016

"I`ve been here too long and I was itching to get in there," said Ali, who was making his first appearance nine days after the Rio boxing began.

Last Updated: Monday, August 15, 2016 - 21:51
Muhammad Ali fails to live up to name at Rio Olympics 2016

There will not be a second Olympic champion called Muhammad Ali after Britain`s flyweight with the most famous name in boxing was defeated in his Rio debut on Monday.

The young Ali -- reportedly bestowed the name by his boxing-mad father -- was left distraught and in tears after his Olympic dream came to a premature end after just nine minutes of action.

Venezuela`s Yoel Finol, 19, was awarded the bout on a unanimous points decision to leave Ali, who is a year older, with his head in his hands and looking stunned.

"I`ve been here too long and I was itching to get in there," said Ali, who was making his first appearance nine days after the Rio boxing began.

"I let the emotions get the better of me, I just tried too hard and nothing was flowing and now I am just here..." said Ali, his voice trembling and tears welling in his eyes.

"I just feel like it`s the end of the world."

The heavyweight legend Ali, who died in June aged 74, announced his presence to the world -- he was then called Cassius Clay -- with gold at the Rome Olympics in 1960.

AFP
First Published: Monday, August 15, 2016 - 21:51

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