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Legend of Ali-Lewis fight in Dublin grows with each year

Die-hard Muhammad Ali fans may not remember his July 19, 1972 bout against Al "Blue" Lewis, but the Irish sure do. From the moment he stepped off the plane, Ali cemented his place in Emerald Isle sports lore -- and Eddie Keher has the hurling stick to prove it.

Originally Published: July 17, 2008
By Patrick J. Sauer | Special to ESPN.com

DUBLIN -- The very mention of certain places call to mind the famous bouts of Muhammad Ali's career: Miami Beach, Zaire, Manila, New York City and of course … Dublin.

What fight fan will ever forget Ali's 11th-round TKO victory over Al "Blue" Lewis in Croke Park, the same stadium in which British soldiers fired on an Irish crowd in 1920, killing several spectators and a Gaelic football player?

It doesn't ring a bell? Then you haven't been haunting the Dublin sports pubs ...

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