Graffiti artist creates portrait of Muhammad Ali on community centre

A Banksy-style graffiti artist has created a portrait of boxing great Muhammad Ali on the Birmingham community centre named after him.

The artwork appeared overnight on the gated entrance to Hockley’s derelict Muhammed Ali Community Centre.

It looks like a Banksy, but lacks the grafitti king’s trademark signature.

The piece depicts the legend, who died last week, in his famous boxing pose with a butterfly, a visual interpretation of his catchphrase ‘float like a butterfly, sting like a bee'.

Graffiti portrait of Muhammad Ali Credit: BPM media

Owners of the centre, the Kajans Women’s Enterprise community group, have vowed to keep the mural.

Kajans director Hermin McIntosh said: