The late boxing legend Muhammad Ali is set to have his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky rename its airport after Ali, birth name Cassius Clay.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer made the announcement in a Twitter post yesterday–one day before what would have been the boxing great’s 77th birthday.
Muhammad Ali belonged to the world, but he only had one hometown. Today’s decision to change @flylouisville’s name to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport is a major piece of a broader effort to celebrate those deep ties. pic.twitter.com/mxXyX4pILl— Mayor Greg Fischer (@louisvillemayor) January 16, 2019
Ali is widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all-time, and the greatest heavyweight boxer of all-time. Ali had a career fight record of 56-5.
Ali died in 2016 after a years-long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.