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WWE Had This To Say About Muhammad Ali’s Passing

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The world just one of its greatest sports icons on Friday night after the passing of former boxer Muhammad Ali. His impact reached far beyond the ring that made him one of the most influential people across the globe. The WWE took the time to send a press release in honor of Ali.

WWE is saddened to learn that two-time world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali passed away at age 74 on June 3, 2016.

The Louisville native won six Kentucky Golden Glove Championships and the gold medal for the United States as a light heavyweight in Rome’s 1960 Summer Olympics before beginning his professional career.

Ali also made history for his historic boxer vs. wrestler match against WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki in Tokyo on June 26, 1976. The fight is regarded as a precursor to modern mixed martial arts.

In 1985, Ali made his mark in WWE history when he was one of the special guest referees for the main event of the first WrestleMania at Madison Square Garden. The bout featured WWE Champion Hulk Hogan and pop culture icon Mr. T against “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. During the contest, Ali climbed up onto the ring apron and took a swing at Piper.

WWE extends its condolences to Ali’s family, friends and fans.

Ali was involved with the WWE on several occasions throughout his professional boxing career and following it. He was beloved for his unmatched charisma and strong stances on his beliefs that didn’t always put him in good graces with the public. Ali helped inspire and open doors for many African-American athletes after him by being a major proponent of civil rights and social justice.

Ali truly transcended sports with his larger than life personality that allowed him to put major societal issues in the United States at the forefront. He was arguably the most well-known professional athlete that earned the respect and adoration of millions across the world. It’s the loss of one of the most influential people in the world of sports.

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