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Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

An American professional boxer, nicknamed "The Greatest", Ali was involved in several historic boxing matches. In 2015, Ali released his memoir The Greatest: My Own Story, which chronicles the battles he faced in and out of the ring. It was edited by Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison.

Notable among these boxing matches were the first Liston fight, three with rival Joe Frazier, and one with George Foreman, in which he regained titles he had been stripped of seven years earlier.

Nickname(s) The Greatest
The People's Champion
The Louisville Lip
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Reach 78 in (198 cm)
Nationality American
Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.
January 17, 1942
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Died June 3, 2016 (aged 74)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Website muhammadali.com

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Muhammad Ali receives an honorary doctorate from the Princeton University

Doctor of Humanities

Muhammad Ali became the first boxer to win the world heavyweight title three times. His career started when, at 18, he won a gold medal in the 1960 Olympics with a style that challenged the game's sacred teachings. In 1961, he beat Sonny Liston in a fight that first gained him the world heavyweight title and that has been credited with restoring intelligence and balance to boxing. As a member of the Muslim faith and a conscientious objector, Ali refused to serve in the Vietnam War when drafted and was stripped of his titles and his license to fight in many states. In 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld his status as a conscientious objector. He regained his world heavyweight title in 1974, defeating George Foreman. He dethroned Leon Spinks in 1978 to win the title for the third time. When Ali retired in 1981, his career record stood at 56-5, with 37 knockouts. Read More ...

Ranking in heavyweight history

Ali is generally considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time by boxing commentators and historians. Ring Magazine, a prominent boxing magazine, named him number 1 in a 1998 ranking of greatest heavyweights from all eras.

Ali was named the second greatest fighter in boxing history by ESPN.com behind only welterweight and middleweight great Sugar Ray Robinson. In December 2007, ESPN listed Ali second in its choice of the greatest heavyweights of all time, behind Joe Louis.

The Associated Press voted Ali the No. 1 heavyweight of the 20th century in 1999.

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