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Lennox Lewis and Will Smith to help carry Muhammad Ali’s coffin

Phil Jay 07/06/2016

Former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis has been announced as a pallbearer for the upcoming funeral of Muhammad Ali.

Ali, 74, died last weekend of septic shock following respiratory complications and has been mourned by the boxing world due to his high standing in the sport.

The three-time world champion was certainly the most charismatic and loved figure to ever lace up a glove after bursting onto the scene with a victory over Sonny Liston in 1964.

Lewis grew close to Ali during his impressive career after emulating ‘The Greatest’ by regaining the top division title twice. The Briton also defeated every man he ever faced.

Joining Lewis will be Hollywood actor Will Smith, who portrayed Muhammad Ali in the 2001 movie of his life after spending time getting to know the fighter whilst researching the role.

Jerry Ellis, the brother of Jimmy Ellis – Ali’s former sparring partner, nephew Ibn Ali, cousins John Grady and Jan Wadell, Komawi Ali and John Ramsey have been revealed amongst the party carrying the coffin.

The funeral takes place this Friday in Ali’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky at 2pm.

Bill Clinton and George Foreman are expected to be in attendance when the world says goodbye to one of the most iconic figures of the last century.