Mark Stoops has always been a boxing fan

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

There’s no way not to be impressed with Muhammed Ali — or at least that is how Kentucky coach Mark Stoops feels.

Stoops admits he’s a boxing fan.

“I did not have any relationship with Muhammed Ali, but how can you not just be unbelievably impressed with him and his life and what he did in the ring and more importantly what he did outside of the ring,” the UK coach said.

“I definitely grew up a boxing fan and grew up with Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini. I just saw him not too long ago back home. We did an event with the United Way and all of my brothers and Ray was a part of it. He was a world champion, grew up on the street behind us, so we take a lot of pride in boxing.

“You saw me last year at the fight with (Mike) Tyson. I didn’t show you the picture, but we had one where Tyson was about to knock me out. I didn’t put that on Twitter, but it’s always enjoyable.”

Has he ever used boxing as a training technique for football?

“I think people use many different techniques, whether it be some form of karate to work hands or boxing to work hands. People will do many things to help themselves be better, and again, so be it. We haven’t used boxing, but individuals who have or on their own so be it.”

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