Muhammad Ali on fighting for his boxing licence | Diabetes and Sport | Diabetes UK

Muhammad Ali on fighting for his boxing licence | Diabetes and Sport | Diabetes UK


When I was younger I’ve taken part in
many of the sports like football, cricket, rugby. In them sports you can blame
others for a loss, in boxing if I get beat I’ve only got yourself to blame. When I come to the gym I feel energized,
you know, I’ve released the negative energy out of my body. In 2015 I was
supposed to make my professional boxing debut, ten days out I got rejected my
license with no medical reason given to me. I were feeling alienated and left out, that’s how I felt you know I’m not an alien,
I’m only diabetic it’s a controlled condition. So we got in contact with the
legal team to discuss, you know, what had happened and they said that is
discrimination and we should challenge the board. Sir Steve Redgrave’s doctor came
onboard, Dr. Ian Gallen, I met up with him and he said you
are fit to box. And he wrote to the boxing board a few times.
We went back and forth, Diabetes UK wrote to the board and in 2018, May time, was
when I was granted my license and now we’re here. Flying. I feel overwhelmed. I’m UK’s first diabetic
professional boxer. I’m gonna shine bright for the
diabetes family.

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