Muhammad Ali his original name Born Cassius Clay Jr. was born on January 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. He belongs to a middle-class family. His father Cassius clay worked very hard for their living. He was a sign painter and his mother Odessa worked as a maid. He also had a small brother named Rudy. Later, he was named Rahman Ali.
Born Cassius Clay Jr. changed his name to Muhammad Ali in the year 1964. After joining Islam Community. He was one of the greatest sporting figures in the 20th Century. Muhammad Ali ( 1942- 2016) was an American former heavyweight champion boxer. He was the first to win Olympic gold for his country in boxing and the first to capture the heavyweight title three times. Out of 61 matches in the ring, he won over 56 including 37 knockouts and 19 on points decisions. He just lost five matches in his entire career.
The first match he lost was with Joe Frazier in the year 1971. When these two met in the ring of Madison Square Garden, New York. The clash was so brutal that it was said the fight of that century. It was an epic 15 round battle during the match Joe Frazier attacked him with his left hook on the jawline of Ali and he hit the deck and he got knocked out at the last round of the match.
The second match Ali lost was on 31st March 1973. The match lasts up to 12 rounds against the beast Ken Norton. This match was for the Heavyweight title which took place in the arena of San Diego. Ali underestimated his opponent which fall brutally against him and he suffered a broken jaw just in the second round of the match but carried on fighting till 12 rounds.
The third match he fought was against was the former gold olympian Spinks who was an ex-marine too. On 15th February 1978 both clash with each other in the ring for a world heavyweight title match. Spinks has trained hard, while Ali only sparred. Ali couldn’t win the match though Spinks had a muscle injury.
Ali’s fourth match was against Larry holmes on 2nd October 1980. The match was for the heavyweight title at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. A temporary 24,790-seat outdoor arena was built for the fight. Ali was bidding to become a four-time champion and reputedly earned a record $8 million to fight his friend, Holmes. The match was too brutal and harsh between the two. After the tenth round of the match, Ali was showing signs of struggling and Ali’s trainer Angelo Dundee requested to stop the match. Holmes was found dominating in the entire match was awarded the heavyweight title.
Ali’s Fifth match was against Trevor Berbick on 11th December 1981, in a non-title fight against Trevor Berbick at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre in Nassau, Bahamas. The judges unanimously awarded a points victory to Berbick, aged 27. At the time of the fight, the American boxing commission had refused to license Ali, then aged 39, due to his deteriorating medical condition but The Bahamas did license him, although the fight was later described as a “shambles”.
Muhammad Ali Achievements: At age of 12, Clay junior started his boxing career and he won his First debut match on October 29, 1960, against Tunney Hunsaker. The match lasted for just six rounds. At a very young age of 18 he had captured two national Golden Gloves titles, two Amateur Athletic Union national titles, and 100 victories against eight losses. After graduating high school, he traveled to Rome and won the light heavyweight gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics. he was on the cover page of the newspaper with basketball legend Michael Jordan.
After winning his first 19 fights, including 15 knockouts, Clay received his first title shot on February 25, 1964, for reigning heavyweight champion against Sonny Liston (1932-1970). The match was held in Miami Beach, Florida. Clay dominated in the whole match and finally, in the eighth round Liston got knocked out and Clay successfully earned the Heavyweight title, and from there on the champion roared.
At a press conference on March 6, 1964, he confirmed the news of being converting to Islam. Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad (1897-1975) bestowed on Clay the name of Muhammad Ali.
During the Vietnam war, Ali showed up for his scheduled induction into the U.S. Armed Forces on April 28, 1967. Citing his religious beliefs, he refused to serve. Ali was arrested, and the New York State Athletic Commission immediately suspended his boxing license and revoked his heavyweight belt.
Ali was sentenced to five years of prison fined $10,000 and banned from boxing for three years. After 43 months of exile, he returned to the ring on October 26, 1970 and defeated Jerry Querry in just three rounds of the match. After that Ali kept on losing five consecutive matches and lost his heavyweight title and finally in the year 1979, he announced his retirement from his boxing career. After the fight, the 39-year-old Ali retired for good with a career record of 56 wins, five losses, and 37 knockouts.
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