Eastbourne author Tony Flood recalls meeting Muhammad Ali, who was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr on January 17th, 1942 and became the greatest boxer the world has known.
Tony says; “I was among those privileged to meet him as a journalist and I feature him in my celebrity book My Life With The Stars – Sizzling Secrets Spilled! which is available on Amazon.
“I tell of his great achievements but also how he was pursued by female admirers including an attractive mini-skirted brunette who went to extraordinary lengths to tempt him into bed.
“Muhammad had me in stitches with his boasts. He claimed: ‘I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch and was in bed before the room was dark.’
“It was tragic that the blows he took to the head in the ring caused him to suffer with Parkinson’s disease. The brain damage caused Ali to become so forgetful that he once abandoned his 14-year-old son at a roadside eatery. Ali Junior recalled: ‘He told me to go get something to eat and when I came back he was gone. It was scary.’
“But Muhammad achieved so many remarkable things both inside and outside the ring. That’s why I was delighted to celebrate his birthday.”
My Life With The Stars – Sizzling Secrets Spilled! features a host of other showbiz and sports stars, including Elvis Presley, Joan Collins, Eric Morecambe, Des O’Connor, George Best, Kylie Minogue, who Tony Flood has interviewed or written about. It is available on Amazon as both a paperback and e-version.