Wrestling & MMA

Thousands to attend memorial service for Muhammad Ali

Thousands of people of all faiths are expected to attend a memorial service Friday for boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

A hearse will carry Ali’s casket across Louisville ahead of a massive interfaith memorial service at the KFC Yum! Center. The service has drawn dignitaries like Mormon Senator Orrin Hatch and the King of Jordan.

Comedian Billy Crystal and Former President Bill Clinton will help eulogize the champ.

Thousands of free tickets for the event were handed out on a first-come first-served basis.

“Muhammad Ali just means the world to me. He stood for his rights, not only for Louisville but for the world,” said Louisville resident Nicole Hayden.

Ali will be laid to rest at Cave Hill Cemetery.

On Thursday, a traditional Muslim prayer service at Louisville’s Freedom Hall showcased Ali’s devotion to Islam. He remained a devout Muslim up until his death last week.

“The city, the country, the world wants to send him off in the very best of fashions and his Muslim brothers and sisters also want to send him off in the very best of fashions,” said Imam Zaid Shakir.

Freedom Hall holds special significance to the Ali family. The champ staged his last hometown fight there in 1961.

Thousands more visited Ali’s childhood home.