Maria Boynton Reports: Muhammad Ali’s Boxing Career Ended Until An Atlanta Senator Fought For Him

As the world remembers the man known as “The Greatest”, Muhammad Ali, a former Georgia state Senator has a very compelling and personal story to share.

Former state Senator Leroy Johnson holds his ticket from the October 26, 1970 Muhammah fight that was held in Atlanta. (Credit: Maria Boynton/CBS Local)

Former state Senator Leroy Johnson holds his ticket from the October 26, 1970 Muhammah fight that was held in Atlanta. (Credit: Maria Boynton/CBS Local)


Leroy Johnson of Atlanta, the first elected state senator in Georgia, arranged the boxing match in Atlanta that brought Ali back to the ring.
Former Georgia state Senator Leroy Johnson points to a picture of him and his wife visiting the White House. Lyndon Johnson was U.S. President at the time. (Credit: Maria Boynton/CBS Local)

Former Georgia state Senator Leroy Johnson points to a picture of him and his wife visiting the White House. Lyndon Johnson was U.S. President at the time. (Credit: Maria Boynton/CBS Local)


The boxer had been stripped of his license after he refused to enlist in the U.S. military.

Maria Boynton Reports On The Atlanta Bout That Put Muhammad Ali Back In The Ring

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