Muhammad Ali made several visits to Manchester from the 1960s all the way to 2009 when he came to Ricky Hatton’s gym. In what I hope will be the first of several episodes on Muhammad Ali’s visits, I speak to Paul Bhatti. Listen to Paul’s story below, and check out the wonderful videos and pictures that he has captured, on this page. You can also listen on spotify here.
Paul met Muhammad in 1992 at the Sherratt and Hughes bookstore in Manchester. He captured this amazing and unique video footage from the bookshop.
Having moved to Michigan in the U.S. Paul’s connections to Muhammad came full circle when he was able to say farewell to the Champ at his funeral in Louisville, Kentucky. This time on his phone, rather than the chunky video recorder from 1992, Paul captured some great footage.
Hope you enjoy the episode, and this collection of footage, pictures and memories. Rest easy up there Champ.