A FAMOUS story from Paisley’s sporting past will be retold on a television show next week.

A new series of the People’s History Show being screened by STV will include a look back at the 1965 visit to Paisley by up-and-coming American boxer Muhammad Ali.

The sporting icon starred in an exhibition fight at Paisley Ice Rink in August 1965, where he took on fellow American Jimmy Ellis.

However, the crowd’s reaction to the fight is well documented, as the Paisley spectators jeered the man who floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee.

Three-times world heavyweight champion Ali would later be crowned 'The Greatest' by boxing aficionados.

 He died in June 2016, aged 74, and remains one of the most important sporting heroes in history.

Ali’s historic, if uninspiring, boxing bout in Paisley is among the vignettes from Scottish history documented in the show, which returns to television screens on Monday, April 16, starting at 8pm.

Presenter Angus Simpson said: “I’ve always been fascinated by the personal stories behind some of the most famous – and not so famous – events in Scotland’s past.

“There are many fantastic stories coming up on the People’s History Show and it’s an absolute delight to be presenting them.”

Executive producer Paul Hughes added: “The People’s History Show continues to be a must-see for anyone with an interest in Scotland’s history.

"Viewers can expect some truly fascinating stories as Angus journeys all over Scotland to delve into some of the most remarkable events, places and people of our past.”