He is a legend of the sporting world. He is none other than boxer Muhammad Ali. Just imagine the excitement that one might experience if someone gets to share the same ring with the legend.
The same happened with Giasuddin, who still feels exhilarated recollecting that fight with Ali.
The fight in question took place in 1978 at Muhammad Ali Boxing Stadium in Dhaka between the legend and the then 12-year old Giasuddin.
While going down memory lane at his Basabo residence, Giasuddin told this correspondent, “Actually now I’m being able to comprehend how big a witness I am to this particular incident.
I still get excited while remembering the memory of my fight with the legend. His punches still produce a different feeling in me.”
When queried what he liked about Ali upon first casting his eyes on “The Greatest”, Giasuddin said, “I was shocked. I was looking at him with eager eyes and thought to myself that I would be fighting the world’s greatest boxer. How is it even possible! But he assured me by saying, ‘It is only fun boxing’. His funny expressions also enlightened me. But his liveliness impressed me the most. Those butterfly-like movements – no one will ever forget it!”
Millions thronged the Paltan ground to catch a glimpse of the greatest one of them all. Regarding all the excitement at that time, Giasuddin said, “Social media rules the roost today. But back in 1978, all the animation surrounding Muhammad Ali’s arrival was a great wonder.
It goes without saying that Muhammad Ali is a giant of a personality. He can only be compared with himself. There will never be another one like him.”