Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay in Kentucky, USA.
Ali was an American heavyweight professional boxer with an impressive 56-win record, a known activist and philanthropist.
At 18, Ali won a gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics, thrusting him into the limelight as a professional boxer Later he converted to Islam in 1961.
Ali would go on to win the heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston. In 1996,
Ali refused to be drafted into the military, as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam war. He was arrested and stripped of his boxing titles.
His opposition to the war elevated him to an icon for the idealistic anti-war generation. Subsequently in 1971 Supreme Court overturned his conviction.
Ali remains the only three-time back-to-back heavyweight champion. Ali often was provocative before a fight, praise himself as “The Greatest.”
He was involved in two historic boxing matches with Joe Frazier, such as the ‘Thrilla in Manila’ and with George Foreman known as ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’ which was watched by an estimated 1 billion television viewers worldwide.
Ali has been ranked the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time and bestow with TheBrandLaureate Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2015.
Ali was also named the greatest athlete of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated.
Despite the accolades, Ali eventually succumbed to Parkinson’s disease and passed-on in 2016.
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