- Associated Press - Sunday, June 5, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Sen. Orrin Hatch says his longtime friend Muhammad Ali was a deeply religious, humble man who was “as kind as he was tough in the ring.”

The Utah Republican told reporters in Salt Lake City the day after the world heavyweight boxing champion died on Friday that they first met at his office in Washington in 1988.

Ali later joined Hatch on the campaign trail, made appearances at his charity golf tournament and even visited Hatch’s parents’ home.

According to the Deseret News (https://tinyurl.com/horznmw), Ali once gave Hatch a pair of his boxing gloves, a championship belt buckle and one of his championship rings.

Hatch says he wore the ring around his neck for a few weeks before he checked with the Senate Ethics Committee and was told he couldn’t keep it.

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Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com

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