The People’s Champion Muhammad Ali Enters the Wrestling Arena
Muhammad Ali is one of only two professional boxers to enter the wrestling ring while in the prime of their career. Floyd Mayweather is the other vigorous fighter.
In 1976 Muhammad Ali was the Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World. His team planned that captivated the imagination of the sporting world – Muhammad Ali – Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World vs Antonio Inoki – Heavyweight Wrestling Champion of the World.
To promote the fight, Muhammad Ali entered the WWE ring for the first time with the legendary Gorilla Monsoon.
This seemingly spare of the moment fight with Monsoon was held just weeks before Ali would “fight” Inoki in that historic match.
Ali came from the crowd, removed his shirt and shoes and entered the ring, throwing punches at the mammoth grappler.
What happened next? Well, see for yourself…