Did You Know? Muhammad Ali Edition

Muhammad Ali fans! How much do you know about this three-time World Heavyweight Champion and Olympic gold medalist? Here’s a bit of his personal information that fans should know about this champion. Muhammad Ali’s birth name is Cassius Marcellus clay, Jr., birth place was in Louisville, Kentucky. Muhammad Ali was born on January 17, 1942. His parents are Cassius (Cash) Clay, who was a sign and mural painter, and his mother is Odessa (Grady) Clay. Muhammad was great as a fighter and seems to have no problem with the ladies. He has been married and divorced a couple of times but finally found the woman who he is still married to till this day, her name is Yolanda (Lonnie) Williams (November 19, 1986-Present)

Muhammad led an interesting life. His nickname is The Greatest. One of his famous quotes is “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” He became interested in boxing after reporting the theft of his bike to a policeman who gave boxing lessons at a local community center. Muhammad won 100 out of 108 fights, as well as the six Kentucky Golden Gloves championships during the time when he was still an amateur boxer.

One of Muhammad’s trademarks is rhyming. Some of them were “They all fall in the round I call”, “rope-a-dope”, “rumble in the jungle,” and “thrilla in Manila.” Muhammad’s book, “GOAT: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali,” weighs 75 pounds! It is covered in silk and Louis Vuitton leather. There are 792 pages, 20-by-20-inches, and has 600,000 words and more than 3,000 pictures. The name of the book GOAT stands for Greatest of All Time. There were 10,000 that were published. The first 1,000 were signed and sold for $7,500! As for the other 9,000 they were sold for $3,000 each.

In 1959 Muhammad wins the National Golden Gloves championship as a light heavy weight and as well also qualifies for the US Olympic team. In February 25, 1964 Muhammad defeats Sonny Liston by KO during the seventh round, for the title of World Heavyweight Champion. There was a rematch with Liston in May 25, 1965 and again Muhammad wins by KO but this time it was in the first round.

Many of you may wonder how he went from the name Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. to Muhammad Ali. In 1964 Muhammad converts and also joins the Nation of Islam, and changes his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali. In June 20, 1967 Muhammad was convicted in federal court of violating Selective Service laws, and was sentenced to 5 years in prison and was also fined $10,000.

In November 27, 1990 Muhammad meets with Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, in an attempt to negotiate the release of Americans held hostage in Iraq and Kuwait. In December 2, 1990 he leaves Iraq with 14 hostages! In February 4, 1999 Muhammad was the first boxer to appear on the front of a Wheaties cereal box. In November 9, 2005 Muhammad was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.

Many people who do not watch boxing know who Muhammad Ali is. Muhammad has done so much in his lifetime, more than most people has ever done. There is so much more to learn about Muhammad Ali and all of his  accomplishments.

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