Fact Check

Did Trump Claim on Truth Social He Sparred with Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali)?

"The great Cassius Clay used to spar with me," the purported Trump post read. "Not many people know that because I don't like to boast."

Published Jan 19, 2024

Donald Trump and Muhammad Ali pose ringside for Tyson vs Holmes at Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Jan. 22, 1988. (Photo by Jeffrey Asher/Getty Images) (Jeffrey Asher/Getty Images)
Donald Trump and Muhammad Ali pose ringside for Tyson vs Holmes at Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Jan. 22, 1988. (Photo by Jeffrey Asher/Getty Images)
Claim:
A screenshot authentically shows a Truth Social post in which former U.S. President Donald Trump wrote, "The great Cassius Clay used to spar with me."
Context

Trump did not write or post this. It's a fake screenshot.

On Jan. 17, 2024, multiple users on X (formerly Twitter) shared a screenshot of a post purportedly made by former U.S. President Donald Trump on his social media platform, Truth Social. According to the post, Trump claimed that he had sparred with Cassius Clay. Clay was the birth name of professional heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali, who died in 2016.

The full post read, "The great Cassius Clay used to spar with me. Not many people know that because I don't like to boast. He could never hit me, though – have you ever seen bruises on my face? No bruises. He used to say: 'Sir, you are a great dancer, probably the best there has ever been. Also, thank you, sir, for sparring with a black man.' He had tears in his eyes that day."

Users on X claimed that former US President Donald Trump posted on Truth Social that he once sparred with Muhammad Ali whose birth name was Cassius Clay.

However, this was not a real post from Trump's Truth Social account. Had the Republican frontrunner for the 2024 presidential election made any sort of claim about sparring with Ali, the post would have been widely reported on by multiple prominent news organizations.

The fake screenshot may have come from the same user or group of users who created another post we reported on that made it appear as if Trump had posted that he once marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. Both fake screenshots may have come from a parody account. This article will be updated if we uncover any further details about the origins of the fake image.

Sources

Liles, Jordan. “Did Trump Claim on Truth Social That He Marched with MLK?” Snopes, 16 Jan. 2024, https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/trump-march-king-post/.

“Muhammad Ali | Biography, Bouts, Record, & Facts.” Britannica.com, https://www.britannica.com/biography/Muhammad-Ali-boxer.

Jordan Liles is a Senior Reporter who has been with Snopes since 2016.