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Ali was besotted by me, says star Alison.

BIRMINGHAM TV presenter Alison Hammond has revealed her incredible friendship with boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

The former Big Brother contestant revealed that her father was the boxing legend's security guard whenever he visited the UK.

On a few occasions, she had the honour of meeting The Champ, who sadly passed away on June 3 following a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.

"He was besotted by me," she said on ITV show This Morning. "He thought I looked like his daughter, Alison Hammond although we don't look alike any more.

"He latched onto me and literally wouldn't let go. Not many people can say an icon such as he was besotted by them - but I can!" Alison, from Birmingham, is a former Big Brother contestant who went on to become a presenter on ITV's This Morning, then starred in Strictly Come Dancing.

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