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Muhammad Ali

Full Name: Muhammad Ali [Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.]
Nationality: American

Profession: Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Why Famous: Born Cassius Clay, Muhammed Ali 'The Greatest' is one of the most famous athletes of the 20th Century. He won his first heavyweight boxing title aged 22 against Liston and converted to the Nation of Islam shortly after,changing his name. He refused to be drafted into the Vietnam War and was unable to fight for nearly 4 years. He returned to boxing and won such memorable bouts as the 'Rumble in the Jungle' in Zaire in 1974. He has described his boxing style as 'float like a butterfly, sting like a bee'

Born: 17th January, 1942 (73 years old)
Star Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Married Life

1964-08-14 - World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali (22) weds cocktail waitress Sonja Roi
1986-11-19 - Hall of Famer boxing champ Muhammad Ali (44) weds Yolanda Williams

Historical Events in the Life of Muhammad Ali

1960-10-29 - Muhammad Ali's (Cassius Clay) 1st professional fight, beats Tunney Hunsaker in 6
1964-02-07 - Cassius Clay converts to Islam, and is renamed Muhammad Ali
1964-02-25 - Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) TKOs Sonny Liston in 7 for his first world heavyweight championship title
1965-11-22 - Muhammad Ali TKOs Floyd Patterson in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
1966-03-29 - Muhammad Ali beats George Chuvalo in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1967-02-06 - Muhammad Ali TKOs Ernie Terrell in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1967-04-28 - Muhammad Ali refuses induction into army & stripped of boxing title
1967-05-08 - Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in US Army
1967-06-20 - Muhammad Ali convicted of refusing induction into armed services
1969-07-24 - Muhammad Ali is convicted for refusing induction in US Army on appeal
1971-03-08 - Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali in 15, retains heavyweight boxing title at Madison Sq Garden
1971-06-28 - US Supreme Court (8-0) overturns draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali
1973-03-31 - Ken Norton defeats Muhammad Ali in a 12 round split decision
1973-09-10 - Muhammad Ali defeats Ken Norton
1974-10-30 - Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in 8th round in Kinshasa Zaire ('The Rumble in the Jungle')
1975-07-01 - Muhammad Ali beats Joe Bugner in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1975-10-01 - Muhammad Ali TKOs Joe Frazier in 15 for heavyweight boxing title in "The Thrilla in Manila"
1978-02-15 - Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1978-09-15 - Muhammad Ali beats Leon Spinks in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1980-10-02 - Larry Holmes TKOs Muhammad Ali in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
1981-01-19 - Muhammad Ali talks a despondent 21 year old out of committing suicide
1981-12-11 - Muhammad Ali's 61st & last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick

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