Muhammad Ali is a boxer, was born on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky. He is best known as the heavyweight boxing champion, named the greatest.
At birth, he received the name Cassius Marcellus Clay. A charismatic, outspoken athlete, named great, Muhammad Ali was one of the most outstanding boxers in the heavyweight of the 1960s and 1970s. Athlete with extraordinary speed, cunning, instinct won the world title of champion three times in 15 years.
Cassius Clay under his name earned a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960. After receiving his first title as a result of the battle with Sonny Liston in 1964, Clay converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. Referring to the Muslim faith, Ali evaded service in the US Army during the war with Vietnam. His title was annulled, and the athlete himself was sentenced to 5 years for evading military duties. At this time, the athlete was forbidden to box. However, in 1971 the US Supreme Court quashed the verdict.
Ali for a long time vying with Joe Frazier – a boxer in the heavyweight division. The first fight with him in 1971 Ali lost. But the next two – in 1974, 1975, Muhammad won.
In 1974, the famous battle of Ali and George Foreman, called “roar in the jungle,” took place. Muhammad Ali retired from sport in 1981. However, for decades since then he remains one of the most famous athletes.
Additional information: After Ali left the box, the athlete was struck by Parkinson’s disease. As a result, his movements became slow, his hands trembled, and recently the greatest athlete himself could hardly speak in public. In 1996, Ali was chosen to carry a torch at the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, so Muhammad again appeared in public. In 1990, Ali was elected to the National Hall of Fame boxing. He won three of his titles by defeating Sonny Liston, George Foreman, Leon Spinks. At the Olympics in 1960, Ali won the gold medal in boxing.