Owners: Ali childhood home in danger of closing

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The owners who restored Muhammad Ali’s boyhood home in Kentucky and opened it as a museum said it might have to close because of financial difficulties.

The pink home where Ali — known then as Cassius Clay — dreamed of boxing greatness has drawn more than 10,000 visitors since opening last year in Louisville.

Co-owners George Bochetto and Jared Weiss said Tuesday they have asked the city of Louisville and the Ali Center to help support the landmark.

A spokesman for Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer told the Courier-Journal newspaper that the city “committed $50,000 toward the project during the budget last year. That check was never picked up and remains at Office of Management and Budget.”

Bochetto said the co-owners have covered the costs to renovate the home and keep it open as a museum and that a more comprehensive financial and marketing plan is needed.

“There is a lot that could be done, but we can’t do it alone,” he said.

The first anniversary of Ali’s death is Saturday.

Louisville will honor its hometown champ with a six-week celebration that begins Saturday.

In a statement, Ali’s widow, Lonnie, said of the museum’s financial struggled: “It is unfortunate. I understand the difficulties associated with this kind of endeavor. I wish them the best as they develop plans for the future of the home.”

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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