Illustrations depicting boxing legend Muhammad Ali are seen at the door of Ali's childhood home June 4, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski
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The world is invited to the funeral of Muhammad Ali in his hometown Friday where the boxing legend's life will be celebrated with a public funeral procession and memorial service, a family spokesman said.Ali, a three-time world heavyweight champion and civil rights activist who was an iconic figure of the 20th century, died Friday aged 74 after health problems complicated by a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Ali was hospitalized in the Phoenix area early this week, but his condition quickly deteriorated.Ali had been hospitalized multiple times in recent years.Don King promoted that watershed bout in Kinshasa, Zaire, in 1974, in which Ali used his "Rope a Dope" strategy to best Foreman and become just the second fighter ever to regain the heavyweight world title.Other defining moments of Ali's career included two knockouts of Sonny Liston and his rivalry with Joe Frazier.Floyd Mayweather, who retired from boxing last year with a perfect 49-0 record, was in awe when met Ali in 1996 .Twenty years on, Mayweather summarized Ali's legacy.
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