This is a wonderful factual story … I know about all the “characters” in it. Proud about these facts & another reason to respect Mr. Ali …. RIP!
The Puerto Rican people – on the island and the mainland – always loved Muhammad Ali. They respected his athleticism, courage and character.
But many people are unaware of Ali’s famous trip to Puerto Rico in February 1976…where he defeated a Belgian heavyweight, was hypnotized by Iris Chacón, and knocked out by Don Cholito.
Ali arrived in Puerto Rico on January 21, and spent a full month on the island before defeating
Jean-Pierrre Coopman, on February 20 in Roberto Clemente Stadium. Ali beat Coopman quite handily.
Here is a good recap of that fight:
But Ali captured Puerto Rico’s heart outside of Roberto Clemente Stadium…by fighting practically everyone in the island.
They set up a ring in El Oso Blanco, the largest maximum-security prison in Puerto Rico, and Ali fought anyone who stepped in it.
Then they set up a benefit fight between José Miguel Agrelot, aka Don…
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