x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Should time be called on Muhammad Ali's touring?

Martin Kelner, writing in The National asks whether it strips the man of his last vestiges of dignity to parade him like some curiosity, like the Elephant Man, at Ricky Hatton's gym, and other very public engagements?

Martin Kelner, writing in The National asks whether it strips the boxing legend of "his last vestiges of dignity to parade him like some curiosity, like the Elephant Man, at Ricky Hatton's gym, and other very public engagements?" He starts: "James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, John F Kennedy; in a way, they were the lucky ones, cut down tragically young, but taken from us before the ravages of time and the loss of their powers could transform our admiration and wonder into pity and regret. "Those feelings are just two in a range of competing emotions evoked by Muhammad Ali's current fund-raising trip to Europe... "The point is that Ali was almost as famous for his wit and powerful advocacy as he was for his lightning quick feet and fists, and it is as piteous to see that power stripped from him as it is to witness his physical decline."

Do you agree with Martin Kelner? Is it time for Muhammad Ali to stop? Or do you think Ali is alright to continue his touring? Perhaps you think Ali is right to continue because of the fund-raising aspect. Tell us your views below.