Author David A. Bates has been an avid Ali fan for as long as he can recall. From his very first memory of seeing the image of the then brash young boxer Cassius Clay on his family’s black and white television he was hooked. He has spent a lifetime following the boxing great’s exploits both in and out of the ring and collecting tons of Ali memorabilia along the way. He penned his first poetic account after watching Ali’s shocking victory over George Foreman on a live closed circuit broadcast. Well received by all who read it then, eventually it became the initial seed of inspiration for this book that was four decades in the making. Mr. Bates resides in South Florida.