Boxing fans outraged by The Sun's Muhammad Ali headline

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The passing of boxing legend Muhammad Ali has prompted an outpouring of grief across the world. 

Some of the biggest names in the sport, including Floyd Mayweather Jr and George Foreman, who fought Ali in the famous 'Rumble in the Jungle', have paid tribute to the iconic fighter, who died this weekend aged 74. 

President Barack Obama released a statement to mourn 'The Greatest', who also became synonymous in America with his work in the civil rights movement and for opposing the Vietnam War. 


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Swathes of tributes  

Plenty of fitting, touching tributes have been paid to the hero of millions, who was voted Sports Personality of the 20th century.

And then there was The Sun. 

Boxing fans are unhappy with the newspaper's front page, slamming the decision to make a pun out of one of Ali's most famous quotes: "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."

Here's the front page

Some fans hit out at what they viewed as a disrespectful headline, with many arguing the newspaper should have opted for something more tasteful in light of the tragic circumstances.

People are not happy 

Huge legacy 

It's no wonder Ali's legion of fans want him remembered in the best way possible considering his phenomenal impact. 

Rising to fame as Cassius Clay with his win in the 1960 Olympic Games, he went on to become world champion three times, despite not being able to box at his peak when he was banned for avoiding the draft to the Vietnam War, which he opposed on religious grounds. 

Among his most famous fights was his toppling of the legendary Sonny Liston. 

His brand of boxing was unique, but it was his personality outside of the ring that captured the attention, and the hearts, of millions. 

What do you think of The Sun's tribute? Have your say in the comments. 

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