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Do you remember the day Ali visited Coventry?

IT was 40 years ago today that Cassius Clay took the boxing world by storm by winning the world heavyweight title.

Clay, later to become Muhammad Ali, knocked out Sonny Liston in the seventh round in Miami to take the title for the first time.

Ali went on to become a legend in the boxing world and one of the best loved figures in sport.

When he visited Coventry as part of his Midlands tour in August 1983, thousands of adoring fans turned out to see him.

More than 3,000 fans lined the route, climbing trees to catch a glimpse of the sporting star.

After a lunch break at the Royal Court Hotel in Keresley, Ali was driven to the Unit Sales store in Warwick, where he was greeted by more fans. He then went to ex-boxer Jack Bodell's fish and chip shop in Jardine Crescent, Tile Hill, Coventry, where a crowd of about 1,500 was waiting to see him.

Share your memories with us

TO mark the 40th anniversary of his title victory, let us know if you are an Ali fan.

Have you seen him box live? Do you have any Ali memorabilia?

Or were you one of the thousands of people who turned out to see him on his visit to Coventry?

To tell your story. Write to John West, Ali Memories, Coventry Evening Telegraph, Corporation St, Coventry CV1 1FP, e-mail john.west@mrn.co.uk or log on to our sister website at www.iccoventry.co.uk

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WERE YOU THERE?: Ali at former British boxing champion Jack Bodell's chip shop (above left) and (top) meeting young fans outside. Errol Christie joins Ali in a moment to remember (above) and (left) the boxer also visited Nuneaton Borough's ground
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Date:Feb 25, 2004
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