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Muhammad Ali, the All-time Greatest of Boxing, dies at 74

He was crowned Sportsman of the Century by Sports Illustrated and Sports Personality of the Century by the BBC.

Jun 4, 2016 11:21 IST
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All-time boxing icon Muhammad Ali died on 3 June 2016 in the Phoenix, Arizona, after a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 74.

 

About Muhammad Ali

• He was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. on 17 January 1942.

• He was considered as one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years.

• He was crowned Sportsman of the Century by Sports Illustrated and Sports Personality of the Century by the BBC.

• He also wrote several best-selling books about his career, including The Greatest: My Own Story and The Soul of a Butterfly.

• He won the world heavyweight championship in 1964 at the age of 22.

• He converted to Sunni Islam in 1975 and changed his name to Muhammad Ali and 30 years later He began adhering to Sufism.

• Ali remains the only three-time lineal world heavyweight champion; he won the title in 1964, 1974, and 1978.

• He was nicknamed The Greatest and was involved in several historic boxing matches. Notable among them in which Ali was winner were the first Liston fight, three with rival Joe Frazier, and one with George Foreman.

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