Muhammad Ali

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Date of Birth January 17, 1942
Place of Birth Louisville, Kentucky
Date of Death Jun 3, 2016 (74)
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Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was an American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist. Nicknamed "The Greatest", he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century and as one of the greatest boxers of all time. Ali was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and began training as an amateur boxer at age 12. At 18, he won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics, and turned professional later that year. He converted to Islam and became a Muslim after 1961, and eventually took the name Muhammad Ali. He won the world heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston in a major upset at age 22 in 1964. In 1966, Ali refused to be drafted into the military, citing his religious beliefs and opposition to the Vietnam War. He was arrested, found guilty of draft evasion, and stripped of his boxing titles.

Born: Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr, January 17, 1942, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Died: June 3, 2016, Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
Resting place: Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky
Monuments: Muhammad Ali Center, Muhammad Ali Mural, Los Angeles
Education: Central High School (1958)
Children: 9, including Laila Ali
Parent(s): Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr, Odessa Grady Clay
Relatives: Rahman Ali (brother)
Awards: Awards and accolades
Twitter: Muhammad Ali's Twitter profile
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About Muhammad Ali

Born Cassius Clay, he became a boxing icon as well as a peace activist and a philanthropist. He was known as "The Greatest," recording 56 career wins, 37 of them by knockout, in his 61 professional bouts.

Before Fame

In 1960, he won the gold medal in the light heavyweight class at the Summer Olympic Games in Rome.

Achievement

His boxing style was described as fast, strong, and graceful, and he developed the famous slogan "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."

Family Life

He married his first wife Sonji Roi in 1964 and they divorced in 1966. He was then married to Belinda Boyd from 1967 to 1977 and Veronica Porsche Ali from 1977 to 1986 before marrying Yolanda Williams in 1986. He had a total of nine children, and his youngest daughter, Laila, had a celebrated boxing career.

Associations

He developed a close friendship with sports reporter Howard Cosell during his boxing career.

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