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From A Star Once To Nobody Now - Know Kaur Singh, The Only Indian Who Fought Muhammad Ali In Ring

Kaur Singh from Punjab's Malwa region is the only Indian boxer who fought boxing legend Muhammad Ali in the ring. What happened next?Read Kaur Singh's story below.

The mighty era of Muhammad Ali.

When legendary boxer Muhammad Ali came to India in 1980,  former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi who was not a big politician then, urged Ali to showcase his talent. 

"Ali didn't hit me hard, he was a good man."

Kaur Singh was selected to fight against Muhammad Ali. When he entered the ring facing his idol, Singh was dumbstruck. At the same time, he was scared that Ali may hit him hard. "But Ali was a good man and fought with me in a friendly manner," Singh said.

But Kaur wasn't an amateur boxer. He was a professional boxer when he faced Muhammad Ali in the ring.

From a Subedar in Indian army to national heavyweight champion.

Kaur was a Subedar in Indian army. He was a national heavyweight boxing champion when he fought Muhammad Ali in the ring.

Gold medalist at Asian Games in 1982 and part of the Indian team in the 1984 Olympics.

Kaur Singh won a gold medal in boxing in 1982 Delhi Asian games. He also qualified for Olympics held in Los Angeles in 1984.

Recipient of Arjuna and Padma Shri awards.

Indian government conferred Arjuna award and Padma Shri award on him.Despite all these achievements, not many Indians know about his accomplishments. 

Kaur Singh, who was once the champion of ring, is a farmer in Punjab.

After conferring Arjuna award, the government had promised to give him a cash award of Rs 1 lakh, which he has not received so far.Disgusted with government's apathy, Kaur Singh discouraged his children from making a career in sports.  He did not want to suffer the way he did.At present, Kaur takes cattle to plough his farm every morning. With his name forgotten and his medals gathering rust, Kaur Singh does not have much to own except the memories of his days as a boxing champion.