Known as "The Greatest" he used to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. This weekend saw the 40 years since his visit to Tyneside.
Forty years ago Muhammad Ali spent four days on Tyneside. The boxing icon was mobbed everywhere he went. His visit is still remembered today
Muhammad Ali fans have flown from the North East to Louisville to attend his funeral. Watch them pay their respects to their hero
As the world mourns the death of sporting legend Mohammed Ali boxing fans in the North East have been remembering his remarkable and unlikely visit to Newcastle and South Shields in the 1970's.
The man dubbed simply "the greatest" amazed locals as he flew in to spar with boys at local boxing clubs and even had his marriage blessed here.
Helen Pearson has the story.