Malaysian business tycoon Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh was honoured with the prestigious Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Award at The Celebrity Fight Night Fundraising dinner in Arizona last night.
The awards were presented in front of celebrity guests including Country Queens Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood as well as the former World Champion and sporting icon Muhammad Ali, who was attending the event for the first time in two years.
Accepting the award from Ali’s wife Lonnie Ali, Dr Yeoh said: “Thank you Lonnie and to everyone here tonight. I’m just so shocked and surprised to be among the honourees.
“The most amazing thing I did during my time here in Arizona was to go to the Muhammad Ali Centre. And what I saw there was your hearts helping people with this terrible disease.
“I’d also like to thank all the nurse and doctors I met at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Centre. I had tears in my eyes to see these angels, these unsung heroes, who are continually working every day making sure they improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s.
“Our great hero said something I’ll never forget - ‘The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses. Behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.’
“And I see all of this tonight. I see your hearts and in all of you, I see the generosity in your hearts.
“I want to thank our Lord Jesus for giving me this honour to be able to share with you my heart and I give him all the credit and the glory.”
Previous recipients of the Muhammad Ali Fight Night Award have included Hollywood actors Halle Berry, Jim Carrey and Arnold Schwarzenegger and chat show legend Larry King....