Muhammad Ali Research Paper

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The name Muhammad Ali needs no introduction when it comes to the sports industry. Muhammad Ali Clay (original birth name, Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.) is one of the most famous heavyweight boxers in the American professional boxing history. Ali is the most recognized sports figure today due to the skills he demonstrated in the ring as well as the values he displayed outside of it. Sportsmen consider him a living sporting and a cultural icon, who is famous due to his boxing prowess as well as his beliefs. Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky on the 17th of January, 1942. He acquired the name Cassius Clay from Cassius M. Clay, a white Kentucky abolitionist, and inherited the name Marcellus from his father. Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., was…show more content…
Most memorable triumphs came in wins over Henry Cooper, Karl Mildenberger, Floyd Patterson and George Chuvalo. After winning the heavyweight championships in 1967, he refused an offer to join the U.S. military, on the basis of his religious beliefs and opposition to American contribution in the Vietnam War. The American government, however declined to recognize him as a hardworking conscientious objector eventually arresting and finding him guilty on charges of draft evasion. He was then stripped of his boxing…show more content…
In summary, Ali is the a three-time World Heavyweight Champion (1964, 1974, and 1978). The “Greatest", won numerous historic fights in his boxing career, among them being the first fight against Liston, another with George Foreman, and three with competitor Joe Frazie (Micklos, 2011). Ali retired with a 56-3 record in 1979, only to return to boxing in 1980-1981 where he lost his final two matches. Ali’s official retirement came in December of 1981. In 1984, he began suffered from Parkinson’s disease. Since then, Ali has concentrated on doing missionary work across the globe. He now lives in Berrien Springs, Michigan with his wife Yolanda and

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