ODES ON ALI: A Tribute to the Greatest
David A. Bates is a freelance writer from South Florida. He is the author of the self-published book "ODES ON ALI: A Tribute to the Greatest" which covers Muhammad Ali's boxing career from his pro debut to the fight in which he recaptured the heavyweight title for the third and final time. We have conducted an interview with David.
Which genre of books do you write?
This is my first published book and it is non-fiction. most of my other published works to date are non-fiction. but I have also gained recognition for my short story fiction. I enjoy writing in all forms.
What is your self-published book "ODES ON ALI: A Tribute to the Greatest" about?
ODES ON ALI covers Ali's professional boxing career from his pro debut to the fight in which he captured the heavyweight title for the third and final time.
Why did you choose to write about Muhammad Ali's boxing career?
While there are many books on Ali already, there are none that took the unique approach I did. By writing it this way I believed I captured the essence of Ali while creating a more spirited and entertaining read.
How long have you been a fan of Muhammad Ali? Why
I've been an Ali fan for as long as I can remember. From the 1st time i saw and heard him on tv I was hooked.
When did you pen the first poetic account? Which event inspires you the most?
After watching him defeat George Foreman to re-capture the title on a live closed circuit broadcast. The next day in school as I sat reminiscing about what I'd witnessed I put pen to paper and the words began to flow.
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