Muhammad Ali Biography

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Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali was best known for being an American boxer who was a three time World Heavyweight Champion. Ali was born as Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr in Louisville, Kentucky on January 17, 1942, he had one older brother and his parents were Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr., and Odessa Grady Clay, his painted billboards and his mother was a housewife. At age 12 Ali started boxing with white Louisville police officer and boxing coach Joe E. Martin, and with Fred Stoner, an African-American trainer that work at a local community center.

In the last four years of Ali amateur boxing career, he trained with Chuck Bodak. As an amateur boxer Ali won six Kentucky Golden Gloves, along with two national Golden Glove title, and an Amateur Athletic Union National Title, Ali also the Light Heavyweight gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics Games in Rome, Italy. Ali’s amateur career record was 100 wins and only five losses. Ali started with professional career on October 29, 1960 in a fight against Tunney Hunsaker. Ali continued boxing and by 1963 he had a record of 19–0, with 15 knockouts, during this time Ali defeated many boxers, such as Tony Esperti, Jim Robinson, Donnie Fleeman, Alonzo Johnson, George Logan, Willi Besmanoff, Doug Jones, Henry Cooper, and Lamar Clark, who had won his previous 40 fights by knockout.

In 1963 Ali became the top contender for Sonny Liston's title, even though he had an impressive record; he was still not expected to defeat the champ. The fight was scheduled for February 25, 1964 in Miami, Florida, but it was almost canceled when rumors of Ali being seen around Miami and other cities with Malcolm X were heard, however the fight was not canceled and Ali was able to beat Liston, which made him at age 22 the youngest boxer ever to take the title from a reigning heavyweight champion. Ali defended and won his title on November 22, 1965 when he fought against Floyd Patterson.

In 1964 failed the U.S. Armed Forces qualifying test...
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