LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It has been strongly argued that multiple head injuries were to blame for boxing legend Muhammad Ali's battle with Parkinson's disease.
He floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee.
"Ali is one of the greatest heavy weights if not the greatest heavy weight ever," Six Gun Martial Arts boxing instructor, Cody Lindsey said.
Muhammad Ali is one of the most iconic athletes of all time, and spent most of his life inside a ring.
Being a heavyweight champion comes with some physical blows, which many blamed for him living 32 years of his life with Parkinson's disease.
"Parkinson's wasn't related," Lindsey said. "That's just something that comes along with head trauma, CT and all that, with any contact sport."
When learning the ropes of boxing, you can pretty much predict a few injures.
"Every once in a while you get a busted lip or a busted nose, that's going to happen," Six Gun Martial Arts student, Billy Stevens said. "We've got gear for protection so nobody comes out here terribly beat up or terribly damaged."
"It's a very physical sport," Lindsey said.
At Six Guns Martial arts they said safety comes first, before the Knockout.
"Every time we spar I make sure everybody wears head gear," Lindsey said. "We match them if they want to get in the ring."
"The training staff here, make sure that everybody's in decent shape before they let you in the ring," Stevens said. "They really monitor you and make sure if you take a hard punch or something along those lines they'll pull you out of the ring."
Although many get competitive in the ring, Lindsey said to remember it's not a death match.
"It's not a human cock fight," Lindsey said.
Muhammad Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's at age 42, doctors said genetics played a significant role in his diagnoses.