Cassius Marcellus Clay was born on 17th January 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky. He was an American boxer and recognised as THE GREATEST, THE PEOPLE’S CHAMPION, THE LOUISVILLE LIP. He began his training when he was only 12 years old in 1954 after his new bicycle was stolen and he asserted to policemen Joe Martin and said to Joe that “I will find the thief” and Joe replied, “you have to become strong before fight with thief” and then his training started, he was only 89 pounds but martin started giving training to Clay at his boxing gym. From the age of 12 to 22, he won World Heavyweight Championship from Sonny Liston in 1964. Also, Clay built a 100-8 win-loss record; won the Light Heavyweight Gold at the ROME OLYMPICS.
As one of best-known figures of the 20th century, he did not believe in modesty and proclaimed himself not only “the greatest” but “the double greatest”.
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After his huge success, Clay converted to Ali, converted to Islam, changed his slave name to Muhammad Ali and through this change he gave a message of racial pride for African-Americans and resistance to white domination during 1960s Civil Rights Movement.
Ali was handsome, bold, outspoken and became a symbol for black liberation as he stood up to the U.S government by refusing to go into the Army for religious reasons.
During 1966, after two years of Heavyweight title, Ali opposed the white establishment by refusing to be drafted into the U.S military and opposition to Americans involved in Vietnam War, also considering his religious beliefs. Later he was arrested and found guilty of draft evasion charges and stripped of his boxing titles. He also appealed to Supreme Court of U.S and in 1971 court gave judgement of guilt in a court of law. During that period, he didn’t fight for four years losing a period of peak performance as an athlete.
Muhammad Ali in action after first round knockout of Sonny Liston at St. Dominic’s Arena, Lewiston, ME May 25, 1965.
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Ali won three times Lineal World Heavyweight Champion in 1964, 1974, 1978. From 25 February 1964 to 19 September 1964 he reigned as the Heavyweight Boxing Champion and his nickname “The Greatest” also evolved as he was involved in many historic matches. In 1971, he lost the title to champion Joe Frazier in ‘Fight of the Century’, his first loss as a pro but he won a nontitle rematch. After this Ali beat Frazier in ‘Thrilla in Manila’ in 1975. In 1978, Ali lost the title to Leon Spinks but won the rematch to become the first Heavyweight Champion to win the title for the third time.
Retired boxing champion Muhammad Ali waves after receiving the Liberty Medal during a ceremony at the National Constitution Center, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia.
Ali had his fights outside the ring also, against public opinion when he chose to become Muslim, against U.S government when he refused to fight during Vietnam War and finally against Parkinson’s; Parkinson is a type of disease in which Human’s Nervous System does not stay in control of the patient.
He became the most famous man who converted his slave to Islam in American history when he announced that he joined Black Muslim movement under the guidance of Malcolm X immediately after his first win of becoming champion. He rejected his “White” name and became Muhammad Ali.
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The U.S army rejected Ali twice for services after measuring his IQ at 78 but then declared him fit for services. In 1967 he drafted but then he refused and the next day he was stripped of his title by World Boxing Association. Then in following June he was found guilty of draft evasion and sentenced to 5 years prison. He never went to prison but his case was on appeal and in 1971 U.S Supreme Court overturned the conviction. But still his career was at a standstill for almost 3.5 years as Boxing Association would not give him licenses to fight.
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Ali retired from boxing in 1981. In 1984, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome. In 1990, a few months after Iraq invaded Kuwait, Saddam Hussein held dozens of foreigner’s hostages in hopes of averting an invasion of his country. Ali flew to Baghdad, met Saddam and left with 14 American hostages. A nation that once questioned his patriotism cheered loudly in 1966 when he made a surprise appearance at Atlanta games, stilling the Parkinson’s tremors in his hands enough to light the Olympic flame.
Also “the rumble in the jungle” with George foreman became the title re-gainer fight that he had stripped off seven years earlier.
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In 2005, he was awarded by US presidential as a Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award.
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