Muhammad Ali, The legend of the Millenium (1942-2016)


On June 3 2016 a legend, though leaved this world physically, but made his stance in every single heart on this planet. Cassius Marcellus Clay (the birth name of Ali) was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He started his boxing career at the age of just 12 and then gradually started to make his name in the ring. At the age of 22 he made an upset and won the World Heavyweight Championship. The 6 feet 3 inches tall giant Amercian boxing legend, besides his career also worked  Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. He also opposed US for their war against Vietnam, for which he was arrested; but then later was released when he appealed to the Supreme court.

Ali won the World Heavyweight Championship for three times that is at 1964, 1974 and 1978. He was named ‘The Greatest’ due to his consistent winning streak. His total fights in his career were 61. Out of which he won 56 fights. 37 were the fights he won by KO, and his total losses in his career stood at 5. He won the Gold for USA at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

He has won several awards in his lifetime. He is included in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Whereas he has also won the Presidential Citizens Medal, also the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is also included in the Walk of Fame.

The African American fought for the rights of the Black American and stood in the movement against the white supremacy.

Ali’s gloves are also preserved at the Smithsonian Institution National museum of American history. The Muhammad Ali center is a museum and cultural center which was built to pay tribute to the legend. It includes medals and belongings of Ali, people have kept on visiting this place since 2005 to pay their respect to the boxing king.

Ali has given numerous guest lectures in different universities and conferences all around the world. His motivational journey is a true inspiration for young Athletes, particularly the struggling boxers. Ali has also appeared in different roles in Hollywood films. His most famous film remains The Freedom Road (1978), won the Academy award as well. Several books have been written on Ali’s life, whereas he himself has written his autobiography ‘The Greatest: My own story’ along with writer Richard Durham. ‘When we were kings’, the 1996 documentary made on the subject of the famous fight between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali in DRC(Democratic Republic of Congo), at the time Zaire.

Ali married four times in his lifetime and has nine children. He left his fans saddened on 3 June 2016, his death occurred due to Septic shock and is laid to rest Louisville, Kentucky US; the same place where he was born. The legends never die, the same case is with Muhammad; he can never be forgotten and neither can be taken off the hearts by the Billions all around the globe.


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