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    ​Azerbaijani boxer: "Muhammad Ali said that this robe would bring me luck"

    Ali Ismayilov: Muhammad Ali was my role model

    Baku. 4 June. REPORT.AZ/ I heard the news on Muhammad Ali's death this morning on one of the TV channels. This news greatly affected me.

    Report was told by the winner of the golden belt by WBO LATINO, Ali Ismaylov.

    He spoke about his meeting with Muhammad Ali: "I was born in 1974, when Muhammad Ali was at the peak of his career, my parents named me after him. I met with Muhammad Ali twice. Once at the World Cup in Houston, second - Olympic Games 2000 in Sydney in Houston. He gave me his robe and said it would bring me luck. Muhammad Ali was my role model."

    42-year-old A.Ismayilov also named his son Muhammad Ali after the famous boxer: "When my son was born, I called Muhammad Ali and said that I have named my son after him and he was very happy. I will give the boxer robe he gave me to my son. I hope he will become Muhammad Ali of XXI century".

    The legendary boxer Muhammad Ali has died yesterday at age 74.

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