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Muhammad Ali

[[accordion title=Fun Facts About Muhammad Ali]]

• The Ali-Frazier fights rank among the greatest in fistic history.

• He joined a boxing club at age 11.

• Ali wanted to learn to box so he could beat up on a kid who stole his bike.

• Batman masks were once printed on the side of paper milk cartons, the idea being that you'd cut it out of the cardboard after you drank all the milk. Instant costume!

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[[accordion title=a Brief History of Muhammad Ali]]

          Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr, was born on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky. He’s better known as Muhammad Ali and was perhaps the most celebrated sports figure in the world during most of the 1960s and 1970s. His rise to boxing glory may be attributed to a combination of circumstances, but mainly his staying power as an athlete.

His first claim to boxing stardom drew attention in 1960, when he won the Olympic light-heavyweight championship. In 1964, he won a controversial championship bout from Sonny Liston to gain his first heavyweight title. The fight was questioned because Ali seemed to be quitting before the bout was over. After that, he produced a steady stream of headlines with his outgoing personality. He was the first boxer to benefit from satellite television, making him all the more visible the public.

Ali proved to be a "fighting champion” by accepting the challenges of every heavyweight with ranking credentials. In 1967, the boxing commission striped Ali of his world heavyweight belt for refusing to join the Army during the Vietnam War. The government prosecuted him for draft dodging and the boxing commission took away his license. For 3.5 years, mind you at the peak of his career, he could not step foot in a boxing ring. In 1971, the Supreme Court ruled that the government had acted improperly and he was allowed to resume fighting. Ali won back the championship in 1974 in about with George Foreman known as “The Rumble in the Jungle”. He lost the crown again in 1978 to Leon Spinks but regained it the same year, thus becoming the first man to win the title three times.

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