Turning Point: Boxed Out

The former heavyweight champ was reborn in a dressing room

I'd never been much of a talker. I got into boxing because my trainer told me that I could make lots of money and buy fleets of cars by hitting hard. So when my promoters asked me to speak out or to endorse a product, I'd just say, "I talk with my fists."

But in 1977, a few months after I lost a fight to Jimmy Young in Puerto Rico and three years after I lost the heavyweight title to Muhammad Ali, I suddenly found that I couldn't talk enough. I had become a regular at the Church of Jesus Christ...

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