I just saw him last year on a Byron Allen special about former athletes. You know the only sport I enjoy outside of running is BOXING! I love me some to the left...to the right.. duck and hit that mother SHUT YOUR mouth! Ha! And boxing is one way to keep my mouth SHUT! I remember the Joe and Ali fights. Three in all. And especially the Thrilla in Manila. Talk about goooooood times. It would be a packed house. And the funny thing is Muhummad always had a way of making his opponents mad....by calling them names or telling them what he was gonna do to them...and I remember he used to call Joe a gorilla. He would whisper it in his ear. You could literately see the smoke coming outta Joe's ears. Maybe that's how he got the name Smokin Joe. Dunno.
But what's clear to me is today's fighters are NOTHING like the ones back in the day. I remember Ken Norton...they used to call him "pretty boy." Muhummad didn't like that too much. But Joe and Ali...made BOXING. And they really brought big time money to the sport. Especially Ali. They both made history together. And you know when I saw Joe last year....he still looked good, body was in tip top shape. I wonder what happened. Cuz it seem he spiral downhill real fast. He only had this condition for about 6 months. Sumthing else has got to be goin on cuz he's an athlete....and athletes have strong bodies to fight off diseases. I wonder was he a drinker. A closet drinker. Or was he taking those steroids back in the day. Cuz there is no way he could have possibly go that fast without other things contributing to it. It will probably come out later. But! He too was sooooooooooo young. And I got news for folks who thinks 67 is old. Not in black people's time. 67 is really 47. So he still had a lotta time ahead of him. But I know it's hard to find a liver in time. Or he was more sick than what he was lettin on....but! Still I find that hard to believe cuz he was in such good condition. I hate to hear about an athlete's death. Hate it hate it hate it. Joe, may you rest in peace. I know you are partying with Brotha Heavy D. I just know it.