Foreman, Holmes named honorary pallbearers at Ali’s funeral

Heavyweight greats George Foreman and Larry Holmes have been named honorary pallbearers for the upcoming funeral of Muhammad Ali two days after ex-champion Lennox Lewis.

Lewis was named on the list alongside Hollywood actor Will Smith, who portrayed Muhammad Ali in the 2001 movie of his life, spending time getting to know the fighter whilst researching the role.

Londoner Lewis, 50, 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.

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 were previously revealed amongst the party carrying the coffin.

Both Foreman and Holmes fought Ali with differing results and had remained close to the iconic figure in the years since.

Ali, 74, died last weekend of septic shock following respiratory complications from unknown natural causes 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.

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

Former US President Bill Clinton is expected to be in attendance when the world says goodbye to one of the most iconic figures of the last century.