NYC’s West 33rd Street temporarily renamed ‘Muhammad Ali Way’
New York’s West 33rd Street has been temporarily renamed in honor of the late Muhammad Ali.
On Tuesday, the street was dubbed ‘Muhammad Ali Way’ after the boxing legend’s death late Friday. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the news. West 33rd Street runs adjacent to Madison Square Garden, where Ali fought eight times, most famously against Joe Frazier in 1971.
Ali was widely considered one of the greatest boxers ever. His legacy in and out of the ring made him one of the most well-known Americans ever. Sports Illustrated named him Sportsman of the Century in 1999, while the BBC named him Sports Personality of the Century. Last year, SI renamed its Legacy Award in Ali’s honor.
The three-time world heavyweight champion’s funeral will be held Friday in his birthplace of Louisville, Kentucky.
Other reports indicate that the city of Miami Beach, Fl. will also discuss naming a street after Ali.