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Alla Zakarian

12-11-2019 | 17:47 Boxing

Muhammad Ali's brother gives sad reason why boxing legend couldn't stop fighting

Muhammad Ali's brother has opened up on the reason why the legendary boxer could not stay out of the ring. Ali retired at the age of 39 after losing to Trevor Berbick in the Bahamas but his brother, Rahaman, has revealed that his sibling could not stay out of the public eye. He said: “A photographer was telling him, ‘Muhammad, as a friend, I don’t think you should be fighting, you’re going to hurt yourself. Why do you keep on like this?’ “He said, and he always spoke in a whispering way, ‘You know, I’m the most famous face in the world. The fight, the ring, is my stage. If I leave the ring nobody’s going to know who I am and no one is going to remember me so I have to keep it up.’ “The man said, ‘Eventually there’s going to be a time’. “My brother said, ‘Well, I can’t worry about that now. I just need to go on and I need to be in the public eye and I have to keep selling tickets’.” Ali died in 2016 with a respiratory illness but he showed signs of Parkinson’s in 1982 at a wrestling event. Source- Daily Star

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