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Muhammad Ali

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Ali in 1967

Born

Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.
January 17, 1942
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.

Died

June 3, 2016
Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.

Resting place

Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky

Monuments

  • Muhammad Ali Center
  • Muhammad Ali Mural, Los Angeles

Education

Central High School

Criminal charge

Draft evasion

Criminal penalty

Five years in prison, fined $10,000 and banned from boxing for three years

Criminal status

Conviction overturned

Spouse

  • Sonji Roi ( m.  1964; div.  1966)
  • Belinda Boyd ( m.  1967; div.  1977)
  • Veronica Porché Ali ( m.  1977; div.  1986)
  • Yolanda Williams ( m.  1986)

Children

9, including Laila Ali

Parent

  • Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr.
  • Odessa Grady Clay

Relatives

Rahman Ali

Awards

Awards and accoladesBoxing career

Statistics

Weight

Heavyweight

Height

6 ft 3 in

Reach

78 in

Stance

Orthodox

Boxing record

Total fights

61

Wins

56

Wins by KO

37

Losses

5

Medal record

Men's amateur boxing

Representing   United States

Olympic Games

Gold medal – first place1960 Rome Light heavyweight

Muhammad Ali was an American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist. He is nicknamed "The Greatest" and is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century and as one of the greatest boxers of all time.

Ali was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and began training as an amateur boxer at age 12. At 18, he won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics, and turned professional later that year. He converted to Islam after 1961, and eventually took the name Muhammad Ali. He won the world heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston in a major upset at age 22 in 1964.

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The man who views the world at 50 the same he did at 20 has wasted thirty years of his life. - Muhammad Ali

The man who views the world at 50 the same he did at 20 has wasted thirty years of his life.

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Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are. - Muhammad Ali

Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.

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Old age is just a record of one's whole life. - Muhammad Ali

Old age is just a record of one's whole life.

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Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don't let yourself believe it will happen to you. - Muhammad Ali

Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don't let yourself believe it will happen to you.

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Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change. - Muhammad Ali

Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.

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He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. - Muhammad Ali

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.

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We have one life it soon will be past what we do for God is all that will last. - Muhammad Ali

We have one life it soon will be past what we do for God is all that will last.

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It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself. - Muhammad Ali

It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.

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Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything. - Muhammad Ali

Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.

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Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer. - Muhammad Ali

Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer.

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I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was. - Muhammad Ali

I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.

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It's hard to be humble, when you're as great as I am. - Muhammad Ali

It's hard to be humble, when you're as great as I am.

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At home I am a nice guy: but I don't want the world to know. Humble people, I've found, don't get very far. - Muhammad Ali

At home I am a nice guy: but I don't want the world to know. Humble people, I've found, don't get very far.

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The man who has no imagination has no wings. - Muhammad Ali

The man who has no imagination has no wings.

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I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.' - Muhammad Ali

I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'

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A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. - Muhammad Ali

A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.

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