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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 was known as "The Greatest" and as one of the most famous athletes of the 20th Century.

Ali won his first heavyweight boxing title aged 22 against Sonny Liston and converted to the Nation of Islam shortly after, changing his name.

He refused to be drafted into the Vietnam War and was thus barred from fighting for nearly 4 years. On his return to boxing Ali won such memorable bouts as the 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle" in Zaire and "The Thriller in Manila" in 1975.

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
1964-03-06 - Cassius Clay joins the Nation of Islam and its leader Elijah Muhammad renames him Muhammad Ali
1965-05-25 - Muhammad Ali KOs Sonny Liston in 1 for heavyweight boxing title rematch
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
1966-05-21 - Muhammad Ali TKOs Henry Cooper in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
1966-08-06 - Muhammad Ali KOs Brian London in 3 for heavyweight boxing title
1966-09-10 - Muhammad Ali TKOs Karl Mildenberger in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
1966-11-14 - Muhammad Ali TKOs Cleveland Williams in 3 for heavyweight title
1967-01-12 - Louisville, Ky, draft board refuses exemption for boxer Muhammad Ali
1967-02-06 - Muhammad Ali TKOs Ernie Terrell in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1967-03-06 - Muhammad Ali is ordered by selective service to be inducted
1967-03-22 - Muhammad Ali KOs Zora Folley in 7 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')
1975-03-24 - Muhammad Ali TKOs Chuck Wepner in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1975-05-16 - Muhammad Ali TKOs Ron Lyle in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
1975-06-30 - Heavyweight Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Bugner in Malaysia
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"
1976-02-20 - Muhammad Ali KOs Jan Pierre Coopman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
1976-04-30 - Muhammad Ali beats Jimmy Young in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1976-05-24 - Muhammad Ali TKOs Richard Dunn in 5 for heavyweight boxing title in Munich
1976-09-28 - Muhammad Ali beats Ken Norton in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1977-05-16 - Muhammad Ali beats Alfredo Evangelist in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1977-09-29 - Muhammad Ali beats Earnie Shavers in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1978-02-15 - Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1978-09-15 - Muhammad Ali beats Leon Spinks in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title
1979-06-27 - Heavyweight Muhammad Ali confirms that his 3rd retirement is final (it isn't)
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
1983-01-13 - AMA urges ban on boxing, cites Muhammad Ali's deteriorating condition

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