Muhammad ALi

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Muhammad ALi

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was born in Kentucky in 1942. He started boxing at the age of 12 and slowly made his way up the ranks. He was drafted into the military in 1967 and refused to fight because he practiced Islam. He was sentenced to 5 years but remained free because it was overturned 3 years later. He missed three years and then returned to boxing. Ali lost two matches in a row after winning 31 straight. He continued to achieve great victories and overcome many obstacles to become one of the greatest boxers of all time.



Ali has accomplished many things in his career. He has won numerous awards for boxing including. He won the National Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight and World Heavyweight Champion. He also won a gold medal at the Rome Olympics in 1960 and fighter of the year in 1972. His most crowning achievements include the Marting Luther King Memorial Award and his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.


Ali had a big influence on America. He changed his "slave name" from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali. Many sportswriters refused to refer to him as Muhammad and continued to call him Cassius. He migrated from boxing to also speaking out about injustice and social inequality. Furthermore, he was stripped of his Heavyweight title when decided to not fight in the Vietnam War. His actions jumpstarted the sixties antiwar movement. His courage remains an inspiration to anyone acting on principle in defiance of prevailing public opinion today .



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