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Muhammad Ali: Plumber knocks on boxing great's door, wishes him happy birthday

Tony Kelly was able to wish "the greatest" a happy birthday in person.
Tony Kelly was able to wish "the greatest" a happy birthday in person.
Tony Kelly

Meeting a legend in the sports world is something that many people don't get to do in their lifetime. Having a boxing legend open the door when you knock on it and being able to wish him a "happy birthday" is unheard of. Yahoo Sports reported on Jan. 22, 2014, that's exactly what a plumber got to do when he met Muhammad Ali.

Tony Kelly is a plumber who moved to Louisville, Kentucky, just a couple of years ago. Now, he's able to say that he met a boxing superstar that lives in his town.

This past week, Kelly went to a home to repair a set of pipes that had burst. After getting to the work location, some co-workers told Kelly that Muhammad Ali lived across the street from where they were. He didn't necessarily believe them, but he's a huge fan of Ali so he thought he'd look into it.

Kelly went over, knocked on the door, and it was answered by Muhammad Ali's wife, Lonnie.

“We were working last Friday and some of my workmates said that Muhammad Ali in the house across the street. I thought it was a wind-up so I decided to call their bluff.

“I knocked on the door and Ali's wife Yolanda answered and I just asked would it be possible for one of his greatest fans from Ireland to meet him.

“She said 'Of course' and invited me in and there he was (Ali) sitting in the living room.

Upon going in, Kelly visited briefly with Ali, got a picture with the champ, and wished him a "happy birthday."

After heading back to the shop, Tony Kelly laughed it up as he showed his colleagues the picture of him and "the greatest" Muhammad Ali. Many may not realize it, but Ali was born and raised in Louisville.

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