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Khan: Ali inspired us all

Ali, 74, died on Friday night in Pheonix, Arizona following a short battle with respiratory problems. The former Olympic gold medallist had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for decades and had been unable to speak to some time.

The boxing world is mourning one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century and the first ever three-time world title holder whose memory will last forever due to his standing in the sport.

Khan issued the following statement on Saturday in the midst of a promotional tour of Pakistan:

“It is extremely sad to witness the passing of boxing’s greatest fighter and icon Muhammad Ali,” said Khan.

“I would like to send my deepest condolences and thoughts to his family at this time.

“No fighter or sportsman will ever reach the level of Muhammad Ali, whose name will continue to echo through the ages. Inspiring, charismatic, a true legend – Ali will never be forgotten.

“Having the chance to meet the great man will be a memory and privilege I will always hold dear to me – an incredible human being, fighter and role model.

“Thank you Muhammad for inspiring us all.”