The campaign has also received high-profile backing from the likes of London Mayor Boris Johnson, Sir Bob Geldof, comedian John Bishop, actor Luke Evans and fellow heavyweight Anthony Joshua:
Anthony Joshua: “What makes Ali such a role model is the battles he had to go through He was fighting through the civil rights movement. He was more than just a boxer, he was a leader for many people.”
Sir Bob Geldof: “Muhammad Ali is one of the great men of honour and God knows there’s few enough of those. I wholeheartedly support the campaign to give him an Honorary Knighthood.”
Boris Johnson: “As a child, bashing the top of an old ropey black and white telly, I would sit mesmerised by grainy images of a hero who seemed to float above his opponents: the grace, guile, speed of hand. From race relations to religious freedom, he fought tireless and principled struggles all his life. I can’t think of a more fitting recipient of an honorary knighthood.”
Foxes: “Muhammad Ali is a hero and an inspiration both as an athlete and as a human being — well-deserving of a knighthood surely.”
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