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King Promoting Fighters In The Military, Patriotism

There is a version of Don King we always expect to see. Cigar in mouth, trademark hair, American flags in hand, promoting the next big Pay-Per-View fight night.

East Texas met a different Don King. Still with the American flags in hand, but using his eloquent talk for fighters in the military.

"It's a basic and fundamental cause to support your country," King told KLTV 7 Sports.

He was at UT Tyler Tuesday to give his "Only in America: Patriotic Celebration of the American Dream" speech.

King has long been a champion of the armed forces but says with the world's eyes on the upcoming election, the U.S. soldier is forgotten.

"You cannot practice liberty and freedom if you do not have safety and securement," he said. "These young men and women, they're not the one's saying they want to go home. It's us back here playing political football to see who we can get, to do what we can get to get the most votes."

King spent time on a USO tour last year in Iraq. The fights he promotes are now broadcast to the troops overseas free of charge. King even led his "We Care" tour to bases in the U.S. Army General Dave Petraeus sent King a letter thanking him for his work in Iraq, saying King reminded the troops of the support they do have at back home.

"I think that when you take away from the individual and get community unity to work for the betterment of the country, and thereby enhance our personal, self-aggrandizement, as being a part of a whole we are trying to get. This is my country tis of thee, sweet land of liberty. That is the message I want to go out tonight."

When King speaks of America, he is a form of a breathing history book. Talking of civil rights history, the American revolution even the Alamo.

"America is the greatest nation in the world. I want America to fulfill its dream and its prophecy."

We could not interview Don King without asking about his career as a boxing promoter. The hall of famer promoted Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and Mike Tyson. It was Ali that had the most influence on King.

"I coined the phrase for (Ali), 'Every head must bow, every knee must bend, every tongue must confess. Thou art the greatest, the greatest of all time, Muhammad, Muhammad Ali."

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