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Local man recalls time with Muhammad Ali

Posted at 10:37 AM, Jun 05, 2016

In Don Lutz's Boynton beach home, there are boxing trophies and artwork on display of one of the greatest boxers ever... Muhammad Ali.

"He was nice to me. He treated me nice," said Lutz.

Lutz was a former Wisconsin Golden Gloves champion, and was managed by Angelo Dundee, who also trained Ali.  Lutz recalls Ali carrying a baby one of the first times they met.

"Gave it to me to take care of since I told him my mom was a nurse and my aunt was a pediatrician and I know the right way to take care of babies."

Lutz became known as the dollar doorman down at the 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach.

"People to get in to watch Ali to work out had to pay a dollar."

Lutz traveled the world with Ali as one of his sparring partners.  He marveled at the man who could jump into the air and put both legs into his pants at the same time.

"He could run faster backward than I could forward."

Lutz recalls Ali's generosity to everyone, no matter their station in life.  The two had a friendship that lasted years.

"He'd write me, I'd write him."

Lutz saw many of Ali's greatest fights and the two men would also be connected later in life.  In 1996, Don Lutz carried the Olympic torch in Wisconsin.  It would be Ali who eventually lit the caldron in Atlanta.

 "He's the greatest, " said Lutz.