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Muhammad Ali


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Title: Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali
  • Tom Christopher
  • James Coppeler
  • Tim Dyke

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Personal Background
  • Born Cassius Clay Jan. 17th 1942 in Louisville,
  • His father, Clay Sr. was a Methodist however his
    mother, Odessa raised him as a Baptist
  • Started boxing in Junior High school
  • Great amateur career made him to decide to Box in
    the Olympics in 1960 where he easily won the gold
    medal and then later turned pro to become one of
    the most well known boxers ever.

  • Won first 19 pro fights
  • 1964 won first heavyweight title over Sonny
  • Light-heavyweight gold medalist 1960 Olympics
  • 3 time heavyweight champion
  • 1999 named sportsman of the century (SI BBC)
  • 2005- Given presidential medal of freedom
  • Professional Record 56 5 (37 KOs)
  • Ali was named Fighter of the Year by Ring
    Magazine more than any other fighter

Ali and Islam
  • After winning the title he announced his
    conversion to the Black Muslims and also
    announced he would official change his name from
    Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali
  • Muhammad (one who is worthy of praise)
  • Ali (rightly guided caliph)
  • The adoption of this name symbolized his new
    identity as a member of the Nation of Islam
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Ali and Islam cont
  • After aligning himself with the Nation of Islam,
    Ali became one of the most recognized, yet
    controversial figures
  • Nation of Islam is a religious and social
    organization thats goal was to resurrect the
    spiritual, mental, social and economic condition
    of the black man in America
  • In 1975, Ali converted from Nation of Islam sect
    to mainstream Sunni Islam

Ali Vietnam War
  • In 1964, Ali failed the U.S. Armed Forces
    qualifying test
  • In 1966, Alis results were revised and was now
    eligible for the draft
  • When told he had to deploy to Vietnam he refused
    to serve and considered himself a conscientious
  • Ali was quoted War is against the teachings of
    the Holy Quran. I'm not trying to dodge the
    draft. We are not supposed to take part in no
    wars unless declared by Allah or The Messenger.
    We don't take part in Christian wars or wars of
    any unbelievers.

Vietnam War Comeback
  • He was found in violation of the Selective
    Service Act
  • His titles were stripped from him and he was not
    allowed to box
  • After a long court battle, Ali was guilty of
    draft evasion and sentenced to 5 years in prison
    and a 10,000 fine
  • In 1970, Ali was reinstated to box, where he then
    faced Joe Frazier in The Fight of the Century.

Ali Legacy
  • In his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky they
    voted 6-5 to rename Walnut Street to Muhammad Ali
  • In 1984, he discovered he had Parkinsons
    Disease, a neurological syndrome characterized by
    tremors, rigidity of muscles and slowness of
    speech and movement.
  • He has a Muhammad Ali Center, along I-64 on
    Louisvilles riverfront

Ali Legacy cont
  • Since he retired form boxing, Ali has devoted
    himself to humanitarian endeavors and travels
    around the globe
  • He is a devout Muslim, and is in full support of
    education efforts
  • Estimated to have provide more than 22 million
    meals for the hungry
  • Ali travels, on average, more than 200 days per

Converted Muslim Boxers
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Mike Tyson
  • Chris Eubank
  • Bernard Hopkins
  • Danny Williams
  • Dwight Muhammad Qawi