At first, he is just an ordinary child, born in Senegal to a boxer father who lives in the legend of Mouhamed Ali and dreams of a future in the ring for his son. Then that child, named in honour of the champion he met twice, actually became a boxer, encouraged by his father to train hard at all hours of the day and night.
‘Mi chiamo Mouhamed Alì’ is the biography of Mouhamed Alì Ndiaye, Italian-Senegalese boxer, Italian champion and European super middleweight champion. A novel co-written with Rita Coruzzi that Mouhamed Alì will present on 24 September at the Italian Cultural Institute of Dakar, interviewed by Chiara Barison, journalist of the Senegalese TV station TFM.
Before becoming a boxing champion Ali had to face a long and tortuous path, starting in Pikine, passing through France and arriving in Italy, where he met his wife and became an Italian citizen. With the Italian colours he won the European Union title in 2011. In 2015, he ‘hung up his gloves’ and embarked on another path, one that he shares with other Senegalese sports champions: solidarity. In 2012, he was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the Disabled by Senegal for his generous efforts to provide the neighbourhood where he was born, Pikine, with vehicles for the disabled. He then worked to bring several Italian ambulances and rescue vehicles to Touba. From champion in the ring to champion of solidarity.
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