CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Muhammad Ali's death is hitting close to home to some in Cincinnati.
"The greatest athlete. He as greatest of all time of all of them. He's right there with whoever. You name one, he's there," said friend Terry O'Brien.
O'Brien says he knew Muhammad Ali and that they were friends.
"He's been up to one of our shows; he's been up here. He's been at the gym," said O'Brien. He's like a super athlete and super nice guy."
O'Brien says he still has a stack of old tapes of all of Ali's fights.
"Everybody tried to act like Ali and I was probably one of them. Ok, because I boxed for a while too. And nobody could box like him period."
Not only did Ali's inspiration effect those who knew him but those who watched his work.
At the Punch House in North Avondale, the champ inspired gym owner Danny Calhoun.
"It's just a sad day for everybody. He was such an inspirational figure in the United States and not just the U.S. but the rest of the world," said Calhoun.
Calhoun says Ali's boxing style is one that professional and amateur fighters can learn from, but says there's no one person like the champ.
"You can really compare him to one person. You probably have to think of a couple, combine them and then you'll have Mouhammad Ali," said Calhoun.