The childhood home of Muhammad Ali in Louisville becomes a focal point for fans paying tribute to the sporting legend who died on June 3. Paul Chapman reports.
Fans of Muhammad Ali are descending on his childhood home in Louisville, Kentucky, in droves to pay their respects to the boxing legend. Ali died on June 3rd after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. (SOUNDBITE) CARL WASHINGTON, LOUISVILLE RESIDENT, SAYING: "He was a great man and no matter what was going on in his life he stood his ground and did the right thing." (SOUNDBITE) CHAD WAGGONER, LOUISVILLE RESIDENT, SAYING: "He was a global community, a worldwide figure, and yet there was still a local connection to him, very much so in his hometown of Louisville." Denise Ervine says her grandmother bought the house from Ali in 1960 and he never forgot his roots. (SOUNDBITE) DENISE ERVINE, LOUISVILLE RESIDENT, SAYING: "Every year he would come in and check on my grandmother and check on the house, and I appreciated that." The funeral for the former heavyweight boxing champion known as much for his political activism as he was his prowess in the ring, is due to take place on Friday.