'Creed' Star Michael B. Jordan Remembers Muhammad Ali: 'He Inspired Me'. The actor told reporters at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Saturday that the boxing legend's life was 'purposeful'
- Though Michael B. Jordan never met three-time heavyweight champion of the world Muhammad Ali, the Creed star credits the late global icon as a personal inspiration. A day following the death of the 74-year-old world renowned fighter, the 28-year-old actor said of Ali: "To have his life pass away is tragic, but you've got to celebrate his life. He lived a really, really long life; [it was] purposeful, he inspired tons of people," Jordan told reporters at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Saturday afternoon. He continued, "I know he inspired me."
Despite Jordan, who starred in Ryan Coogler's boxing drama as Adonis Johnson — the son of late boxing champion Apollo Creed who seeks out Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) to train him in the ring, — calling it "sad" that he "never got the chance to meet [Ali]," he spoke highly of Ali's daughter Laila, a former female boxer. "She's amazing," Jordan said of the reality TV star, adding that she has "the spirit of her father, most definitely." When it comes to boxing, Jordan just might be a natural with the sport. Asked if he watched any of Ali's moves while training for the film, the actor admitted "I did not."