You should give that up immediately. I’m not a boxing fan, but the NFL is so many different shades of stupid and ugly that words fail me. Plus, my father has been a boxing fan his whole life — something I’ve never understood, but he’s the brightest, kindest, most thoughtful semi-Buddhist, Lao-tsu-quoting person I’ve ever known, so there must be something there.
And tennis (gorgeous athletic geometry) echoes boxing. It’s that whole mano a mano thing. For me, it’s better with balls and racquets, but fists work. It’s primitive and possibly unavoidable.
And Ali. A gentleman and a scholar, an activist, entertainer, rebel and rouser. A man for an age.
No apologies needed.