Thinking Out Loud

By William Trillo

As I finished watching Part 1 of HBO’s Muhammad Ali Documentary, “What’s My Name”, I couldn’t stop wondering why it was that everything Ali did was so polarizing and why all his actions both inside and outside the ring would influence and affect me in such a way that I couldn’t help but stand in awe of the man. Ali truly made a lasting impression on my life It also had me wondering why so many of today’s fighters who try to imitate “The Greatest”, (Mayweather Jr., Wilder, Classless Claressa, et. al.), make me wanna vomit.

Sorry, but I am not one to mince words.

While Ali stood his ground for a noble cause and was a strong voice for his generation, many of today’s fighters are nothing more than self-entitled brats whose only concern is themselves and their pocket books.

There was only one Ali. Out of respect can all you posers please stop trying to imitate him?

If you didn’t see Parts 1 & 2 of “What’s My Name” I highly recommend it on every level. Not only does it capture the career of one of the greatest of all times but the documentary is a beautiful time capsule that captures the heart and soul of probably the greatest and most profound times in American history. It is must see TV.

Speaking of heavyweight champions… I can’t help but think that Anthony Joshua had better not take his next fight too lightly. Late substitute Andy Ruiz is a very live dog. Right now the blubbery Mexican is a 5 to 1 underdog and I think dropping a sawbuck or two on Ruiz may be a worthwhile venture. Don’t let the less than toned midsection fool ya….Ruiz may just very well be keeping that Champions belt from making its way back across The Pond.

Another thought rattling around in my dome is that I find it pretty comical that Deontay Wilder has dubbed his next foe Dominic Breazeale with the moniker “Basic Cable” Breazeale.

Hey Deontay….if Dominic is such a bum, how and better yet why did you end up choosing him as your next opponent? Think before you speak! You’re an embarrassment to the legacy that Muhammad Ali created.

Editor’s Note: Shortly after posting this article Wilder attempted to defend his recent comment where he stated, “This is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time,” said Wilder. “It’s legal.”

That statement in and of itself puts an exclamation point on my article/blog. Wilder is a despicable champion at best. Trying to justify statements about killing a man is appalling.

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