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Ali And His Entourage: Life After The End...

Glax0r's Photo Glax0r 21 Oct 2014

Ali And His Entourage: Life after the end of the greatest show on earth

by Gary Smith

Around Muhammad Ali, all was decay. Mildewed tongues of insulation poked through gaps in the ceiling; flaking cankers pocked the painted walls. On the floor lay rotting scraps of carpet.

He was cloaked in black. Black street shoes, black socks, black pants, black short-sleeved shirt. He threw a punch, and in the small town's abandoned boxing gym, the rusting chain between the heavy bag and the ceiling rocked and creaked.

Slowly, at first, his feet began to dance around the bag. His left hand flicked a pair of jabs, and then a right cross and a left hook, too, recalled the ritual of butterfly and bee. The dance quickened. Black sunglasses flew from his pocket as he gathered speed, black shirttail flapped free, black heavy bag rocked and creaked. Black street shoes scuffed faster and faster across black moldering tiles: Yeah, Lawd, champ can still float, champ can still sting! He whirled, jabbed, feinted, let his feet fly into a shuffle. ''How's that for a sick man?'' he shouted.

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maybebabyny's Photo maybebabyny 22 Oct 2014

Fantastic article. When was this published? Sarria and Brown are dead but i wonder if the cook is still living?