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Muhammad Ali - Famous Olympic Boxer

Muhammad Ali Facts:
  • Full Name: Born as Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. Changed his name to Muhammad Ali in 1963
  • Date of Birth: 17 January 1942
  • Country: The United States of America
  • Sport involved in: Boxing

    Muhammad Ali Record and Achievement:

  • Olympic Gold Medal in boxing in 1960
  • Six Kentucky Golden Gloves titles
  • National Golden Gloves titles in 1959-60
  • World Heavyweight Championship in 1964-67, 1974-78, 1978-79
  • US Olympic Hall of Fame, inductee in 1983
  • Named the greatest heavyweight champion of all time by Ring Magazine in1987
  • International Boxing Hall of Fame, inductee in 1990
  • Lifetime Achievement Award at Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Award in 1992
  • Muhammad Ali Museum, Louisville Galleria, opened in 1995
  • Essence Award in 1997
  • Sportsman of the Century, awarded by Sports Illustrated in 1999 .

    About Muhammad Ali:

    Muhammad Ali (Cassius Marcellus Clay) was born on 17 January 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Cassius Sr. and Odessa. He started his boxing career at a young age of 12. He took his first boxing training from Fred Stoner, who was a boxing trainer in Kentucky. His passion and dedication for boxing had placed him in the category of a professional boxers, which was a dream for many young amateur boxers of that time. Cassius registered consecutive wins for about six years in the Kentucky Golden Gloves Championship. He also won two 'Amateur Athletic Union Championship' titles and two 'National Golden Gloves Championship' boxing titles during that period.

    Once, while training for his Heavyweight Title, he met Captain Sam and Malcolm X, members of Nation of Islam (NOI), who created a deep impression on Cassius mind and attracted him towards the Islam. After winning the Heavyweight Title, Cassius announced to the world that he was now a member of the Nation of Islam, and was then renamed Muhammad Ali by NOI.

    Muhammad Ali Boxer:

    Muhammad Ali career as a boxer elucidates his emphatic wins over some of the great heavyweight kings Sonny Liston, Floyd Patterson, Ernie Terrell, Ken Norton, Joe Frazier, Leon Spinks and many others. Muhammad Ali fights statistics shows that he defeated many European Heavyweight Champions, British and Commonwealth kings and other undefeated fighters like Sonny Banks and Billy Daniels.

    After winning two 'Amateur Athletic Union Championship' titles and two 'National Golden Gloves Championship' boxing titles, he set his target for the light-heavyweight boxing categories matches. In 1960, he comfortably defeated Zbigniew Pietrzykowski of Poland to claim a gold medal in light-heavyweight boxing championship at the Summer Olympics in Rome. In 1964, he defeated Sonny Liston and won the World Heavyweight championship for the first time. He defended his title nine times from 1965 to 1967 and became universally recognized as world heavyweight champion. Muhammad Ali training under Angelo Dundee made him acquainted him with new boxing tactics and styles and also helped him improve on some key areas to knockout his opponents.

    After his refusal to be a part of the United States Army during the Vietnam War, he was stripped of his title. Muhammad Ali boxing career came to a pause and he was kept away from the fighting ring for next three and a half years. In 1970, Ali managed to get his boxing license reinstated. Ali regained his title in 1974, where he knocked out George Foreman. He defended his championship ten more times between 1974 and 1978. He lost to Leon in 1978. However, seven months later he again defeated Spinks to regain his title. Ali retired from boxing in 1981. Muhammad Ali boxing record shows 56 wins and 5 losses. In 1996, Ali was chosen to light the Olympic Flame during the Opening Ceremony of the Atlanta Olympics. Ali was honored with the United Nations Messenger of Peace award in 1998. In 1999, he was also awarded “Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated.