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'The other' Muhammad Ali fails to live up to namesake

There will not be a second Olympic champion called Muhammad Ali after Britain's flyweight with the most famous name in boxing was defeated in his Rio debut on Monday.

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'The other' Muhammad Ali fails to live up to namesake
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There will not be a second Olympic champion called Muhammad Ali - after Team Great Britain's flyweight with the most famous name in boxing was defeated in his Rio debut on Monday.

The young Ali - reportedly bestowed the name by his boxing-mad father, was left distraught and in tears after his Olympic dream came to a premature end after just nine minutes of action. Venezuela teenager Yoel Finol was awarded the bout on a unanimous points decision to leave Ali, who is a year older, with his head in his hands and looking stunned.

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“I've been here too long and I was itching to get in there”, said Ali, who was making his first appearance nine days after the Rio boxing began. “I let the emotions get the better of me, I just tried too hard and nothing was flowing and now I am just here... I just feel like it's the end of the world”.

The heavyweight legend the real Muhammad Ali, who died aged 74 in June, announced his presence to the world by winning the gold medal at the Rome Olympics in 1960 when he was still known as Cassius Clay.

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