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Ali: 'I'm sure he's up in heaven'

Updated: February 5, 2005, 3:23 AM ET
By Michael Katz | MaxBoxing.com

LAS VEGAS -- It was one of the most famous sports calls in history, bigger even than "The Giants win the pennant, the Giants win the pennant!"

"Schmeling is down, Schmeling is down," intoned the great Clem McCarthy from ringside at Yankee Stadium during the 1939 rematch between heavyweight champion Joe Louis and the former champion who had handed him his only previous loss, Max Schmeling.

In what was the most socially significant sporting event in history -- more so than any Muhammad ...

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