Muhammad Ali Graffiti Appears In Manchester
Weeks after the great man's death, tributes to Muhammad Ali have continued to appear across the world and the latest city to pay their respects to the 'Louisville Lip' is Manchester, where a piece of graffiti has got locals talking.
The small mural has been sprayed onto the side of a kebab shop on the city's 'Curry Mile' in Rusholme and depicts the three time World Champion in his iconic pose from when he knocked out Sonny Liston in 1965. Above one shoulder is a butterfly, in homage to Ali's "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" quote and, over the other shoulder, is the phrase "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth".
The stencil style of artwork bears a resemblance to some Banksy work. Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Didsbury resident Seb Saeed said, "I don't know if it is a Banksy but Rusholme is quite renowned as a student area and it's also quite a hub for Muslims and Muhammad Ali was Muslim. Banksy's work is a bit of a riddle. The words are strange too and might be to do with all the rental homes in Rusholme."
Similar artwork has been spotted around Birmingham, recently, also thanks to local artist and the boxer's namesake Mohammed Ali.