I enjoyed playing sports while growing up. My dad was a football commissioner for the parks & playground board commission as well as a boxing coach. My older brother was the boxer out of the family, after many years of local boxing he went into invitational. He was golden glove champ in his weight bracket. He won a medal in the junior Olympics, I don't know all the details but I do know he went pro and before he retired he fought on the same card as Sugar Ray Leonard but not against him. Myself..I played 4 years of baseball and 2 years of football, 1 high school, Two seasons on a volley ball team and I lettered in track & field in high school. I also assisted coaching a womens softball team. Now I just enjoy watching.
"So I went to talk to Ali," Arum recalls. "He says, 'Jim wants to do what? Bring him here.' So I took him to Hyde Park in London, where Ali used to run. Ali said, 'Jimmy, here's what we're going to do: You hit me as hard as you can.' So Brown starts swinging and swinging, and he can't hit him. He's swinging wildly and not even coming close. This goes on for, like, 30 seconds. Then Ali hits him with this quick one-two to his face. Jimmy just stops and says, 'OK, I get the point.'"
Brown was far superior to Ali as an athlete and probably could have beaten him at any game they might have played. In boxing, though, not even the great Jim Brown was in Ali's class.