Most likely, everyone heard about Muhammad Ali. He was one of the most amazing and famous boxers of all time. Due to his determination, strong punches and quick reflexes, he became the first athlete in history to win three times the heavyweight champion title.
Born on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, Muhammad Ali was actually named Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. His first contact with boxing occurred at the age of 12, when Muhammad Ali and his younger friends went to the Columbia Auditorium to eat free popcorn and hot dogs. There, Muhammad Ali’s bicycle was stolen. He was so angry that he went to Joe Martin, a police officer that also happened to be a boxing coach at the Columbia Gym, to report the crime. Muhammad Ali said to Joe Martin that he wanted to find the person who stole his bike and beat him up. Joe told Ali that first he must learn how to fight.
From that moment, his life turned into a serious training session. Muhammad took his training very seriously and he actually trained six days a week. He managed to stay away from alcohol, junk food, cigarettes, he even made his own eating regimen with raw eggs and milk for breakfast.
From the very beginning, Muhammad Ali overwhelmed his opponents with his foot speed and powerful jabs. On October 29, 1960, Ali won his debut match as a professional boxer.
On March 6, 1964, Ali confirmed his conversion to Islam and turned his named from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali. One year later, on May 25 1965, Muhammad won his first heavyweight title after knocking out Liston in the first round. He defended his title eight more times from that moment.
On April 28, 1967, during the Vietnam War, Ali refused to serve his country due to his religious beliefs. He was arrested and the New York State Athletic Commission decided to suspend his boxing license and revoked his heavyweight belt. After a 43 month suspension, Ali returned and won two more times the heavyweight title against George Foreman in 1974 and Leon Spinks 1978. What is your favorite fight of Muhammad Ali?
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