There is no doubt Ali’s determination to overcome racial inequality, his refusal to fight in the Vietnam War, his emergence as a representative of Islam and his highly engaging media persona coalesced to make him by far the most widely known boxer of all time
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who died in 2016, explained how he used to ask his mother about white representation in an interview with Parkinson in 1971.
He said he was a curious child who noted the plethora of white objects and people, including in literature, media and even household products and wondered why black people weren’t represented in the same way.
As well as a sportsman, Mr Ali was a civil rights campaigner and poet who transcended the bounds of sport, race and nationality.
He died in Phoenix, Arizona, aged 74.