first_img“When I heard the news, it shocked me first and then I “When I heard the news, it shocked me first and then I cried, I cried all night. It hurts. Its like he is my dad,” Wickware told AFP.Nearby, a stream of well-wishers, most of them African Americans like Ali, paraded by. Children left balloons, drawings and even boxing gloves.They then left, often after taking a photo to mark the solemn occasion.It was in the neighborhood streets that a 12-year-old Cassius vowed to “whup” whoever stole his red bicycle.”You better learn how to box first,” a policeman told him.Little did that officer know his advice would spark a storied career of three heavyweight titles and Olympic gold. – He put peace first -======================== The legend-in-the-making — called “The Louisville Lip” for his sometimes blistering tirades — threw his first jabs and uppercuts at his little brother Rahman, now 72.Yesterday, Rahmans voice was hoarse and his body trembled — he has voiced fears that he too may suffer from the Parkinsons that ravaged his brother. “It was fun, fun, fun. We were wrestling, we would play hockey, we would play cards — all the things kids do,” he recalled.The brothers were sparring partners, even if Rahmans boxing career would never reach the heights achieved by his sibling.”Every time I watch him fight, every time I watch him speak, he is very inspirational,” said Alex Davis, a 25-year-old dental assistant who came to the family home. “He put love and he put peace first, and I think that message will carry over for a long time.” AFP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img

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