Hardships and Triumphs
Born on January 17, 1942
in Louisville Kentucky
Originally named Cassius Clay Jr
His career was almost ended by his fear of flying
He nearly refused to go to the Olympics until one of his teammates bought him a parachute from an army surplus store.
Even after wining the Olympics in boxing For the USA segregated restaurants will still not serve him. He is still forbidden from white only areas.
His decision to join the islamic faith nearly costs him his boxing career
His refusal to join the armed forces during the Vietnam war draft due to religious reasons causes his to lose his ability to legally box in the US for three years.
After his three year suspension from boxing Muhammad Ali made his return and reclaimed his title as U.S heavy weight champion after beating Joe Frazier the reigning heavyweight champion.