Fact Check

Did Trump Post that He Sparred in the Ring with Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali)?

"He had tears in his eyes that day," the purported Trump post read.

Published Jan 24, 2024

Muhammad Ali and Donald Trump attend the Evander Holyfield vs. George Foreman boxing match at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in 1991. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images) (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)
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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.

In January 2024, multiple users on X (formerly Twitter) shared a screenshot of a purported Truth Social post that showed the account information for former U.S. President Donald Trump. According to the screenshot, Trump posted 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.