Muhammad Ali a Boxing Legend is No More [ Current Affairs ]

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Muhammad Ali an American boxing icon passed away at the age of 74 years after 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease in Phoenix, Arizona. He was former three times world heavyweight champion in 1964, 1974 and 1978; he had record-setting boxing career by which he becomes the best-known figures of the 20th century.

  • He was also known universally for his civil rights activism.

About Muhammad Ali

  • He was born as Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, US.
  • At young age of 12 years he had started his boxing career.
  • At the age of 22 in 1964 he had won the world heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston.
  • He had converted his region to Sunni Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali in 1975.
  • After refusing to be appointed in US military due to his religious principles and opposition to American connection in the Vietnam War he was stripped of his in 1967.
  • And US Supreme Court reversed his conviction in 1971.
  • His actions become careful objector to the war made him an image for the larger counterculture generation.
  • He got nickname as “The Greatest” during his boxing career and was elaborate in several historic boxing matches.
  • Some of his notable matches are:
  1. the first Liston fight
  2. three with rival Joe Frazier
  3. One with George Foreman in 1967 in which he earn titles that were stripped.

Honours:

  • Sports Illustrated had crowned him as “Sportsman of the Century”
  • BBC had named him as “Sports Personality of the Century”

Books: Several best-selling books has been panned by him about his career including The Greatest: My Own Story and The Soul of a Butterfly.

- Published on: June 6, 2016