On June 26th 1976, the world witnessed one of the most anticipated matches of all time where Pro wrestler met boxer one on one in the ring. The WBC heavyweight champion of the world Muhammad Ali would face off against world renowned wrestling grappler/hooker/shoot wrestler and future WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki in Tokyo, Japan.
The match was put booked by wrestling legend Karl Gotch as he was staging wrestling exhibitions against various martial artist and wrestlers. Ali and Inoki had a tremendous amount of respect for each other in their areas of fighting and still kept in touch after the match.
In 1964, after Muhammad Ali won the World Championship from Sonny Liston, is when he revealed that he was a member of The Nation of Islam and to no longer be referred as Cassius Clay and from that moment forward he would only be known as Muhammad Ali.
This week Antonio Inoki would make the same proclamation.
Antonio Inoki, arrived in Pakistan on late on Friday to participate in an international wrestling competition as an ambassador for the local promotion.
Inkoi was speaking and meeting with the media circle upon his arrival, Inoki said that he was visiting Pakistan as part of the 60-year celebrations of diplomatic ties between Pakistan and Japan. A local news media outlet reported that during the brief press talk, the Japanese wrestler revealed that he had accepted Islam and that his Muslim name was “Muhamamd Hussain”.
Inoki has always been a proponent for peace and human rights. When it comes to ideals that the religion endorses, in terms of the fellowship of embracing brotherhood, Inoki’s affiliation makes sense.
Maurice D. Proffit is a writer for Rant Sports