Muhammad Ali

All started from getting his bike stolen.

Early Life

Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was born on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky. Cassius grew up in the segregated South where he experienced racial prejudice. This is what resulted to shaping Cassius into the figure in boxing he is in his later life. At age 12 Cassius' bicycle gotten stolen and he wanted to beat up the theft. He reported to officer Joe Martin which owned a gym for young boxers. He then taught Cassius how to fight in boxing .

A Boxing Legend

Muhammad Ali

Champion in Heavyweight boxing

Muhammad Ali's later life

in 1960 Cassius traveled to Rome with the U.S. Olympic Boxing team. Cassius won three bouts and defeated Zbigniew Pietrzkowski from Poland that made him win the golden medal. Cassius defeated heavyweight champion Henrey Cooper in 1963 and Sonny Litson in 1964 to recieve the title of Heavyweight Champion of the world. Cassius was doing spiritual searching and choose to join the Nation of Islam, in 1964. There he received the name Muhammad Ali. Two years later he refused to join the military service in Vietnam because his religious beliefs prevented him to. Muhammad Ali was sent to court with a legal case from the U.S. Department of Justice. He was found guilty for refusing to be drafted, but he later cleared his name. This however, caused him to loose his title in boxing and became suspended for three and a half years. He later came back to boxing in 1970. He faced against George Foreman which was very powerful heavyweight champion fighter. He gained his title back by defeating the powerful boxer. Ali's career in boxing then declined because he lost to a large majority of his fights. His final fight was on 1981, loosing his heavyweight title to Trevor Berbick. Ali then declared his retirement on the next day.