The Muhammad Ali Training Camp was built in 1972 and now the state of Pennsylvania has recognized the site with a historical marker, 51 years later.
The training facility in Deer Lake near Orwigsburg is now called “Fighter’s Heaven” and honors the legendary boxer who is often referred to as “the Greatest.”
WNEP news caught up with the owner of the land, Mike Madden, who says this commemorates Ali’s accomplishments as an athlete and activist for racial justice.
“I think our site should be celebrated by sports historians to world historians to civil rights historians and African American historians.”
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“Muhammad Ali actually trained in this building, lived on these grounds and was here for a lot of his biggest fights. But what he did after boxing was probably one of the greatest achievements by anyone alive,” explained Mick Stefanek, Fighter’s Heaven General Manager.
Since Ali passed away in 2016, the training camp has been fully restored to its former glory.
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