Scarborough resident Richard Dunn has recalled the night he fought the great Muhammad Ali, following the death of the boxing legend.
Ali passed away aged 74 at the weekend, leading to an outpour of tributes from the world of sport, including Dunn, who is chairman of Scarborough Amateur Boxing Club.
“We met five or six times after we fought, whenever he was back in England. That was a mark of the man,” said Dunn.
“He was a true gentleman and he really was bigger than sport, let alone boxing.”
Although Dunn won’t be travelling to Louisville for the funeral, he won’t forget his former opponent and friend in a hurry.
Dunn added: “I’m not going over, that’s a private thing for their family.
“I’ll remember him in my own way. It’s upsetting, but that’s life.”
Despite a one-sided defeat against Ali, which ended with a fifth-round stoppage, Dunn still looks back on the fight in Munich in May 1976 fondly.
“It was a fantastic night, one like I had never had before and I wish it was tomorrow all over again.
“It was a great fight and I thoroughly enjoyed it despite losing.
“He was usually very disrespectful with his opponents, but he wasn’t like that with me. He was a great man.”