Fred Kerley compares himself to boxing legend Muhammad Ali

ATHLETICS Fred Kerley compares himself to boxing legend Muhammad Ali

Festus Chuma 11:42 - 30.11.2023

Former 100m champion Fred Kerley boldly draws parallels with a legendary boxer, fueling anticipation for his comeback in the track world.

Former world 100m champion Fred Kerley has thrust himself into the spotlight with a bold statement, drawing parallels between his journey and the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali.

Despite facing challenges during the 2023 season, Kerley remains steadfast in his pursuit of greatness, fueled by the spirit of the boxing icon.

The American sprinter kicked off his 2023 campaign on a high note, clinching victory at the Seiko Golden Grand Prix and continuing his dominance at the Diamond League Meeting in Rabat, Morocco.

However, his winning streak was soon disrupted when he faced his first 100m defeat of the season at the Diamond League Meeting in Chorzow, Poland.

Undeterred by setbacks, Kerley pressed on, competing at the Diamond League Meeting in Florence, Italy, where he secured another triumph.

Despite these victories, his hopes of defending his World Championship title were shattered as he suffered an unexpected exit in the semifinals.

Determined to turn the tide, he ventured to the Diamond League Meeting in Xiamen, China, seeking redemption but settled for a third-place finish.

In a tweet on his X handle (formerly Twitter), Kerley sent shockwaves through the sports world, boldly proclaiming, "Like Muhammad Ali, I am the greatest."

The comparison to the boxing legend, known for his charisma and unwavering self-confidence, sparked both curiosity and skepticism among fans and fellow athletes alike.

Acknowledging the need for change, the 28-year-old sprinter made a significant decision to switch coaches.

He is now under the guidance of Quincy Watts, the 1992 Olympic 400m gold medalist.

This coaching transition suggests Kerley's commitment to refining his skills and overcoming the challenges that plagued his 2023 season.

Unlike many athletes taking a leisurely break, Kerley seems determined to spend most of his time in the gym and on the track.

His social media updates on X reveal a relentless work ethic as he burns the midnight oil, leaving no stone unturned in his quest for redemption.

With the Olympic Games in Paris, France, looming on the horizon in 2024, Kerley appears poised to roar back to greatness.

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