Former heavyweight boxing champion and 20th century icon Muhammad Ali’s death hits home for one of Connecticut greatest boxers, Kevin “Iceman” Scully, who say Ali changed his life inside and outside the ring.
Following in Ali’s footsteps, Scully dreamed of becoming a boxer long before he would soon meet his idol in a Hartford restaurant.
“The big turning point was when I was about ten years old and I read his autobiography,” said Scully.
Windsor native, Scully began his boxing career because of Ali, eventually becoming a professional boxer with a 38 wins and 11 losses and earning the name “Ice Man.”
“It's a lot more than boxing. It's way more than boxing,” said Scully of the champions’ lifestyle. Scully abstained from alcohol and always followed Ali’s example of treated everyone with dignity and respect.
In 1990, Scully had the chance opportunity to meet Ali at a Hartford restaurant. In this moment, Scully said his life changed. He said he shadow boxed with the great and even posed for photographs that he still holds dear.
"Sometimes, I literally just pull the picture out and look at it, and you know it's kind of surreal," said Scully.
Scully is a boxing trainer now at Bright Futures Youth Center in Hartford.
Ali’s death still feels surreal to Scully, but he said like the photo, Ali’s legacy will live on forever.
"There's no one that I've seen that can match Muhammad Ali, and that's just the way it is," said Scully.
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