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Muhammad Ali

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Muhammad Ali Summary: Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr and began his boxing career with that name.

It would be later, when he found the faith of Islam and became a Muslim. He found boxing quite by chance when advised by a local police offer to learn how to box when he found his bicycle missing.

Married four times, his first marriage broke down because of his religion. His second marriage saw his wife convert to Islam and together they had four children.

His second marriage broke down after an affair and he married his third wife and had two daughters, his second daughter followed in his footsteps and became a boxer.

Laila’s fights in the super middleweight category and has 24 wins, no losses and no draws. His fourth wife he has known since 1964, they have an adopted son together.

Muhammad Ali Fact Sheet: Who was Muhammad Ali? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Muhammad Ali.

Muhammad Ali Fact File: Lifespan: 1942 - 2016 *** Full Name: Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. changed to Muhammad Ali *** Nickname: The Greatest, The People’s Champion and The Louisville Lip *** Occupation: American Heavyweight Professional Boxer *** Date of Birth: Muhammad Ali was born on January 17th 1942 *** Place of Birth: Muhammad Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA *** Family background: His father was Cassius Marcellus Clary, Sr named after the politician and abolitionist of the same name and he painted signs and billboards while his mother was Odessa Grady and she worked as a household domestic.

His father originates from pre-Civil War American slaves and although is predominantly African American also has English, Irish and Italian ancestry *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with his younger brother Rudolph ***

Muhammad Ali Fact 1: Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. was born on January 17th 1942 and during the 20th century period in history when there were world changing events happening including the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War.

Muhammad Ali Fact 2: As a youth of twelve years old he was found by a policeman hopping mad having discovered his bicycle had been stolen. When he told the policeman he was going to find the kid that stole his bike and “whup” him, the policeman suggested he learn to box first.

Muhammad Ali Fact 3: He followed the policeman’s advice and learned how to box, training under Chuck Bodak, a renowned cutman.

Muhammad Ali Fact 4: His amateur career was a successful one. He won Kentucky Golden Gloves titles six times, an Amateur Athletic Union National Title as well as the Light Heavyweight gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Rome in 1960.

Muhammad Ali Fact 5: His amateur record stood at one hundred wins and only five losses.

Muhammad Ali Fact 6: His professional career began in October 1960 against Tunney Hunsaker in which he won after six rounds on a decision.

Muhammad Ali Fact 7: His record after that was nineteen wins, no losses and of the nineteen wins fifteen were by knockout and some of his competitors included Jim Robinson, Donnie Fleeman, Tony Esperti, Doug Jones as well as Henry Cooper.

Muhammad Ali Fact 8: During those early years one of his toughest bouts was with Doug Jones on Jones’ home turf of Madison Square Garden in New York. Jones was a tough boxer and stunned Ali in the first round. They decision however went in Ali’s favor which did not go down well with the crowd.

Muhammad Ali Fact 9: Although he had asked for Sugar Ray Robinson to be his manager, he was turned down and hired Angelo Dundee instead.

Muhammad Ali Fact 10: In late 1963 Clay was after Sonny Liston’s title for heavyweight champion.

Muhammad Ali Fact 11: He was also getting a reputation for being vocally dismissive of his opponents, calling Liston “the big ugly bear”, he also said “Liston even smells like a bear” and that “After I beat him I’m going to donate him to the zoo”.

Muhammad Ali Fact 12: At the weigh in for this bought he boasted he was going to “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee” and shouted at Liston “someone is going to die at ringside tonight” as well as say “Your hands can’t hit what your eyes can’t see.” Some say his mouthing off was out of fear, others that it was part of his performance.

Muhammad Ali Fact 13: During their famous bout, Liston came out at Ali with a knockout his intention but Clay’s speed defeated his early attempts. Instead Clay caught him in the third round with a combination of punches that saw Liston’s knees buckle and cut him under his eye, something that no one had ever done to Liston before..

Muhammad Ali Fact 14: By the end of the seventh and final round Liston was done and Clay declared the winner.

Muhammad Ali Fact 15: Before he would meet Sonny Liston again Clay would have converted to Islam and affiliated with the Nation of Islam and his name would change to Muhammad Ali.

Muhammad Ali Fact 16: Their next fight was called by the referee as a knockout declaring Ali the winner.

Muhammad Ali Fact 17: In March 1967 he had his titled stripped from him because he refused to drafted to fight in the Vietnam war and would not fight again until 1970.

Muhammad Ali Fact 18: His first professional lose came against Joe Frazier by a unanimous decision.

Muhammad Ali Fact 19: It was in 1973 he suffered his second loss, this time to Ken Norton who also broke Ali’s jaw.

Muhammad Ali Fact 20: His most famous bout came against George Foreman, a fight nicknamed “The Rumble in the Jungle” and Foreman having beaten both Frazier and Norton, Ali now at thirty two years old had a battle on his hands.

Muhammad Ali Fact 21: Ali won, by a knockout in the eighth round and said afterwards, “was the closest thing to dying that I know”.

Muhammad Ali Fact 22: In 1976 Ali took part in a Tokyo exhibition bout against Japans Antonio Inoki, a professional martial artist and wrestler. Although the fight was not a competitive one Ali had his legs bruised, two blood clots were discovered and an infection.

Muhammad Ali Fact 23: His health went into a decline and he made the announcement that he was semi retiring in order to concentrate of his faith, having fallen out with the Nation of Islam he then converted to Sunni Islam.

Muhammad Ali Fact 24: Ali’s health went into a sharp decline in the 1980’s and by 1984 he was given the diagnoses of suffering with Parkinson’s disease. His health has continued to decline over the years since then.

Muhammad Ali Fact 24: Ali died on the June 3rd 2016 of septic shock.

Influence and Legacy: He is quite simply a boxing legend.

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