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Rajdeep Sardesai leads other boxers as they gather to pay tribute to boxing legend Muhammad Ali

04, Jun 2016 By Ajayendar Reddy

Madison Square Garden: Rajdeep Sardesai, India’s famous boxer who made his mark on the streets outside Madison Square Garden in New York, led other boxers in paying tribute to legendary heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali, who passed away today.

Rajdeep showing his skills

Rajdeep Sardesai has paid tribute to his greatest inspiration, Muhammad Ali, saying, “The world has lost a great champion. He inspired many amateur boxers like me and made us believe. I would have been just another journalist lost in the sands of time were it not for him.”

“I grew up watching Ali and always wanted to be feared for my punches. My compass was directionless before I came to know about Ali. He gave me my life’s purpose. It is only fitting that I lead the tributes to the great man”, Rajdeep said.

Ali, who had been long suffering from Parkinson’s disease, died today, his family confirmed in a statement, and tributes poured in from throughout the world of boxing and beyond. Ali was known as the man who could “float like a butterfly, and sting like a bee”. Rajdeep is also well known in India and recognized by his peers as someone who could punch as hard as Ali. Hence the boxing community was more than happy for him to lead the tribute. Speaking to Faking News, Rajdeep said, “My greatest regret is not being able to take a selfie after expertly thrusting my book into his unsuspecting hands, like I did with many BJP bigwigs. Not that I didn’t try. Oh, no. I very much did. Just that he was too frail to hold the book. Tchah! That could have gotten me some international recognition.”