Before Ali, there was Joe Louis

Where Ali was flamboyantly boastful, Louis was studiously modest and where Ali was outspokenly defiant, Louis was respectfully deferential

Before Ali, there was Joe LouisMuhammad Ali’s recent death brought to mind another famous 20th century black American boxer. In his own way and in his own time, Joe Louis was just as famous as Ali. And by some estimations, he was an even better fighter. Born Joseph Louis Barrow in 1914 rural Alabama, Louis moved with his family to…

Ali a champion who sought to change the world

We should all be inspired by Muhammad Ali, a man who stood tall in the face of adversity, in and out of the boxing ring

Ali a champion who sought to change the worldThe late Muhammad Ali was a world champion in every sense. For those of us growing up in the 1960s and ’70s, Ali was the greatest boxer of all time. He set the standard by which all heavyweight fighters were measured. Canadians were also proud of George Chuvalo, not only because he was our champion but because…

Muhammad Ali loved those friendly Canadians

"I’ve never been treated so nice in my life (as in Canada)"

Muhammad Ali loved those friendly CanadiansMuhammad Ali was a larger-than-life figure with masterful oratorical skills, innate intelligence and a quick wit. Still, it’s Ali’s unusual link to Canada that has intrigued me the most. The three-time world heavyweight champion, who died June 3 at age 74, had two epic battles with Canadian George Chuvalo. They went 15 rounds at Toronto’s…