The 20-year-old Muhammad Ali representing Great Britain in the 52kg division “couldn’t float like a butterfly or sting like a bee” as he was outclassed by 19-year-old Finol, who earned a unanimous points decision.
Great Britain’s Muhammad Ali, who happens to share the same name with the game’s greatest fighter of all time, has crashed out of the Olympic flyweight competition after losing in the last 16 to Venezuela’s Yoel Segundo Finol.
The young Ali, who won silver at the 2015 European Championships, was unable to replicate the form and disposition of the late boxer as he was outclassed by 19-year-old Finol, who earned a unanimous points decision.
Finol now moves into the quarter-finals, where victory would guarantee him a bronze medal.
“I’ve been here for too long,” said Ali. “I felt sluggish and too anxious. I was to trying too hard.
“I’ve been waiting around waiting to box and watching everyone else and I let that get the better of me. I was in there and nothing was flowing and couldn’t get a rhythm going.”
After the bout, USA Today Sports spoke to Shahid Ali, father of Muhammed.
He was asked, why would you name your kid after an icon so great that he can never hope to live up to it?
“It was a conscious decision to name him that,” Ali’s father said, adding “that was the dream, that he would become a great boxer, but of course we didn’t know if it would happen.
“You want your kid to feel greatness, to aspire to something great. You want him to understand what effort in life can achieve. I grew up watching Muhammad Ali. I was a huge fan. As a Muslim it is one of the most popular names but also a name that is revered because of the greatest. It is a blessing to my son, I believe that.”
This is even as the young lad is yet to display the vim, brashness and bombast of his magnificent predecessor.