Muhammad Ali

By Andrew Wilson

basic facts about Muhammad Ali

Born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1942, Muhammad Ali became an Olympic gold medalist in 1960 and the world heavyweight boxing champion in 1964. Following his suspension for refusing military service, Ali reclaimed the heavyweight title two more times during the 1970s, winning famed bouts against Joe Frazier and George Foreman along the way. Diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1984, Ali has devoted much of his time to philanthropy, earning the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

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," Martin reportedly told him at the time. In addition to being a police officer, Martin also trained young boxers at a local gym.

Interesting fact about Muhammad Ali

The gloves he wore to defeat Liston earned him more money than the victory itself.

Almost 50 years to the day after Ali captured the heavyweight championship for the first time, an anonymous buyer purchased the gloves he wore to defeat Liston in the seventh-round technical knockout for $836,000. Ali only earned $630,000 for the victory itself.

muhammad ali's charachter

Muhammad Ali was a strong competitive boxer and started his career because of a bully and he learned to box because he had a strong desire to.

a big inspiration to the people

Ali was a strong inspirational speaker and many people believed everything he has said. To me he was a strong inspiration because i love boxing and he was a strong courageous fighter.
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