Muhammad Ali

World famous boxer Muhammad Ali was born on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky in United States of America.  He was named Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. His father Cassius Marcellus Clay Senior was a painter who painted signs and billboards. Ali’s mother, Odessa Grady Clay  worked as a domestic servant during the time of financial trouble. He began to learn the boxing at the age of twelve. His childhood was full of struggle. 

World famous boxer Muhammad Ali was born on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky in United States of America.  He was named Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. His father Cassius Marcellus Clay Senior was a painter who painted signs and billboards. Ali’s mother, Odessa Grady Clay  worked as a domestic servant during the time of financial trouble. He began to learn the boxing at the age of twelve. His childhood was full of struggle. 

Muhammad Ali completed his schooling from Central High School in Louisville.   In the year 1960, Ali won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at Summer Olympics That were held in Rome, Italy.  He had experienced the racial discrimination that brought lasting impression on his mind. Later he converted to Islam.  

On 29th October 1960 he defeated Tunney Hunsaker. After it he defeated several famous professional boxers.   At the age of 22 he became the world heavyweight champion by defeating Sonny Liston in 1964. He kept his winning journey on by defeating  Floyd Patterson (22 November 1965) ,George Chuvalo (29th March 1966) , Henry Cooper (21 May 1966 ) , Brian London (6 August 1966), Karl Mildenberger (10 September 1966) , Cleveland Williams (14 November 1966), Ernie Terrell (6 February 1967), Zora Folley (22 March 1967), Jerry Quarry ( 26 October 1970) , Oscar Bonavena (7 December 1970) , Joe Frazier, (8 March 1971), Jimmy Ellis (26 July 1971), Buster Mathis (17 November), Jurgen Blin (26 December 1971), Mac Foster (1 April 1972), Joe Bugner (14 February 1973) , Ken Norton ( 10 September 1972), George Foreman (30 )
October 1974) and Chuck Wepner ( 24 March 1975) etc.

He was nicknamed ‘the greatest’ by the sports fraternity.  He was credited with winning the world heavyweight championship on three separate occasions.  He was the first boxer to win it three times. Apart from it, he successfully defended world heavyweight championship 19 times.

He was awarded with various awards and accolades including ‘Athlete of the Century’, ‘Sports Personality of the Century’, by BBC, ‘World Sportsman of the Century’, and ‘Kentuckian of the Century’.  

Muhammad Ali retired from boxing in 1981. After he worked for the society and became global figure.

He was a thorough fighter who stood against the discrimination and partiality.  He was also sentenced for five years as he refused to induct into the army of United States in Vietnam. It costs him his livelihood and title as well.  His boxing license was cancelled and he was banned for many years. 

Muhammad Ali was also a musician like his father who had great interest in dancing, acting and music. Ali was nominated for Grammy awards for two times.

He also wrote few books including his autobiographies namely ‘The Greatest: My own Story’ and ‘The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey’. This greatest legend and boxing icon of our time died on June 3, 2016 due to septic shock at the age of 74 in Scottsdale, Arizona, United States of America.

World famous boxer Muhammad Ali was born on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky in United States of America.  He was named Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. His father Cassius Marcellus Clay Senior was a painter who painted signs and billboards. Ali’s mother, Odessa Grady Clay  worked as a domestic servant during the time of financial trouble. He began to learn the boxing at the age of twelve. His childhood was full of struggle. 

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali completed his schooling from Central High School in Louisville.   In the year 1960, Ali won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at Summer Olympics That were held in Rome, Italy.  He had experienced the racial discrimination that brought lasting impression on his mind. Later he converted to Islam.  On 29th October 1960 he defeated Tunney Hunsaker. After it he defeated several famous professional boxers.   At the age of 22 he became the world heavyweight champion by defeating Sonny Liston in 1964. He kept his winning journey on by defeating  Floyd Patterson (22 November 1965) ,George Chuvalo (29th March 1966) , Henry Cooper (21 May 1966 ) , Brian London (6 August 1966), Karl Mildenberger (10 September 1966) , Cleveland Williams (14 November 1966), Ernie Terrell (6 February 1967), Zora Folley (22 March 1967), Jerry Quarry ( 26 October 1970) , Oscar Bonavena (7 December 1970) , Joe Frazier, (8 March 1971), Jimmy Ellis (26 July 1971), Buster Mathis (17 November), Jurgen Blin (26 December 1971), Mac Foster (1 April 1972), Joe Bugner (14 February 1973) , Ken Norton ( 10 September 1972), George Foreman (30 )
October 1974) and Chuck Wepner ( 24 March 1975) etc.

He was nicknamed ‘the greatest’ by the sports fraternity.  He was credited with winning the world heavyweight championship on three separate occasions.  He was the first boxer to win it three times. Apart from it, he successfully defended world heavyweight championship 19 times.

He was awarded with various awards and accolades including ‘Athlete of the Century’, ‘Sports Personality of the Century’, by BBC, ‘World Sportsman of the Century’, and ‘Kentuckian of the Century’.  

Muhammad Ali retired from boxing in 1981. After he worked for the society and became global figure.

He was a thorough fighter who stood against the discrimination and partiality.  He was also sentenced for five years as he refused to induct into the army of United States in Vietnam. It costs him his livelihood and title as well.  His boxing license was cancelled and he was banned for many years. 

Muhammad Ali was also a musician like his father who had great interest in dancing, acting and music. Ali was nominated for Grammy awards for two times.

He also wrote few books including his autobiographies namely ‘The Greatest: My own Story’ and ‘The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey’. This greatest legend and boxing icon of our time died on June 3, 2016 due to septic shock at the age of 74 in Scottsdale, Arizona, United States of America.

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