The American Boxer
Now 71 years old
Often referred as The Greatest
The People’s Champion
Olympics Light Heavy Weight Gold Medallist in1960 Early life
Muhammad Ali was born on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky. His father painted billboards and his mother was a house wife. Ali and his older brother Rehman before converting to Islam, were named after their father as Cassius Marcellus Clay. He is considered one of the greatest athletes in boxing history, Growing up in the segregated South, Ali experienced racial prejudice which likely contributed to his early passion for boxing.
At the age of 12, Ali discovered his talent for boxing through an odd twist of fate. His bike was stolen, and Ali told a police officer, Joe Martin, that he wanted to beat up the thief. "Well, you better learn how to fight before you start challenging people,"
Ali started working with Martin to learn how to box, and soon began his boxing career. In his first amateur bout in 1954, he won the fight by split decision.
In 1960, Ali was picked for the US Olympic boxing team. He travelled to Rome, Italy, He was known for his footwork, and for possessing a powerful jab. After winning his first three bouts, Ali then defeated Pietrzkowski from Poland to win the gold medal.
After his Olympic victory, Ali was titles The American hero. He soon turned professional with the backing of the Louisville Sponsoring Group. During the 1960s Ali seemed unstoppable with consecutive 19 wins. Later in 1964 Ali knocked out Liston and became the heavyweight champion of the world.
Conversion to Islam
In his search of spirituality Ali decided to join the nation of Islam and settled his name as Mohammed Ali. Two years later Ali refused to acknowledge his military service. He said that he was a practicing Muslim minister, and that his religious beliefs prevented him from fighting in the Vietnam War. Later Ali declared his name after a lengthy court battle. Hearing this The