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Life Of Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was born as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr in Louisville, Kentucky, US. He rose to fame by winning the light heavyweight gold in Rome Olympics 1960. He was also the first person to win the title on three separate occasions. Out of his 61 professional bouts, he won 56, of which 37 were knock outs.

Joe Frazier

At the age of 22, he renounced Cassius Clay as his "slave name" and said he would be known from then on as Muhammad Ali. Ali's first professional defeat came in 1971 against his greatest rival Joe Frazier, the fight known as 'fight of the century'. He refused to be drafted into the US military to fight against Vietnam for which, he was subsequently stripped of his world title and boxing licence for 4 years.

Ali worked for humanitarian cause, travelling to Lebanon in 1985 and Iraq in 1990 to seek release of American hostages. For three decades, Ali had suffered from Parkinson's disease. He'll always remain one of the most recognizable sportsman in the world