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Getting a first-hand glimpse inside the service for Muhammad Ali

Getting a first-hand glimpse inside the service for Muhammad Ali

Arum, 84, a Hall of Fame boxing promoter, attended the Friday memorial service of Muhammad Ali, the first fighter Arum promoted. Arum told Times reporter Lance Pugmire his impressions about the ceremony.

I glanced across my aisle and saw Jim Brown, the Hall of Fame running back who 50 years ago introduced me to Muhammad Ali, marking the start of my boxing business and the beginning of my lifetime friendship with the most magical person I’ve ever known.

Ali’s need for someone to promote his 1966 fight in Toronto against George Chuvalo was the first of 26 bouts I worked alongside him – a stretch that took him through his defiance of the Vietnam draft...

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