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Ali calls for U.S. Boxing Commission

Updated: September 9, 2004, 4:41 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Muhammad Ali asked Congress on Thursday to create a U.S. Boxing Commission, saying oversight by the federal government is needed to protect boxers from exploitation and injury.

Ali's testimony before a congressional panel was read by his wife, Lonnie Ali, because he suffers from Parkinson's disease. As she spoke, he sat in a seat next to her, trembling -- one of the symptoms of Parkinson's.

"Reform measures are unlikely to succeed," Ali said, "unless a U.S. Boxing Commission ...

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