As Muhammad Ali Turns 73, His Younger Brother Rahman Takes Us on a Visit to Their Childhood Home
On a hot summer day last year, Rahman Ali walked through knee-high grass to reach the front step of the house where he and his brother Muhammad Ali grew up. It’s a small, white cottage, unoccupied, and covered in dirty aluminum siding. The front porch railing is rusted and the shingles on the roof are peeling away.
AS the petal-strewn hearse carrying Muhammad Ali's casket drove slowly through Louisville's west end, still overwhelmingly black and wracked by poverty and crime, the inhabitants of the streets where the champion boxer grew up reclaimed him as one of their own.
Muhammad Ali, three-time world heavyweight boxing champion, civil rights leader and arguably one of the most celebrated sports icons of the 20th century, received a farewell from thousands in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky today. He died June 3 from complications related to the disease he brought so much attention and fundraising skills to — Parkinson’s.
Throughout his boxing career, Larry Holmes was something of an afterthought. He was the heavyweight champion whose reign came after the fall of Muhammad Ali, the toughest of all acts to follow. He was the fighter who almost broke Rocky Marciano’s record for consecutive wins. He possessed one of the greatest jabs in boxing history, but it was still only a jab. It is the knockout punches — the hooks and uppercuts — that sell tickets and inspire fearsome nicknames.