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Muhammad Ali’s brother reveals he cut promising boxing career to assist The Greatest but had ‘one hell of a time’

Rahman, who was one year younger than his iconic brother, made his professional debut in 1964, four years after Ali.

Fighting as a heavyweight, he amassed a record of 14–3 with one draw and hung up the gloves in 1972 after defeat to Jack O’Halloran.

By that time, big brother Muhammad – who had changed his name from Cassius Clay – was already the biggest star in the sport.

Ali was a former heavyweight champion on the comeback trail after losing three years of his career by refusing to serve in the Vietnam war.

Ali's Brother Cut Boxing Career To Help Legend But Had 'one Of Hell Of A  Time' - Todayuknews

And he enlisted the help of Rahman – who travelled everywhere with his brother as gofer after giving up boxing himself.

In an exclusive interview with SunSport, Ali’s younger brother said: “He’s the most famous man on the planet and I’m his brother.

“I was so close to him. I fought professionally too. I fought 20 professional fights. I won 16 fights. I lost three and one draw. I had amateur fights too.

“I was a very good boxer myself, but I helped my brother so I cut my career to help my brother and had one of hell of a time.

“My boxing career was very good.”

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