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Among the numerous awards he received were the Presidential Medal of Freedom; induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame; the title of “King of Boxing” by the World Boxing Council; and “Sportsman of the 20th Century” by Sports Illustrated and the BBC, among others.
Cassius Clay’s triumph in Rome had a discreet reception by the country’s press, but the opposite happened in his hometown, Louisville. There, he was greeted at the airport by the mayor, six boxers and some 200 fans, and was transported in a motorcade to the local school where he received a tribute.
By June 1961, he had accumulated five consecutive victories by knockout, and his next opponent was Duke Sabedong. Prior to that bout, he was to attend an interview with professional wrestler Gorgeus George. That chance meeting would have a decisive influence on his career, as he heard George give bold statements describing how he would finish his opponent.
After that came victories over Archie Moore, Henry Cooper and World Champion Sonny Liston, who came out as a heavy favorite and that didn’t stop Cassius from defeating him in only six rounds.it was in this fight where Cassius Clay said his famous phrase, “I’ll float like a butterfly and sting like a bee”, and boy, did he do it.
Joe Frazier, a real wall in the ringIt took him almost a dozen fights until he fought Joe Frazier, one of his toughest opponents and who caused him a defeat that hurt Muhammad Ali’s soul, then came more low-budget fights and another defeat with Ken Norton, who in the rematch fell at the hands of Ali in another controversial decision. If anyone was an expert at “heating up” fights, it was Muhammad Ali, who in the rematch against Joe Frazier insulted him and they even ended up on the floor after a brawl. After 12 rounds, Ali would retain the title.
Trevor Berbick and the definitive retirementAli faced Trevor Berbick on December 11, 1981, where the former World Champion showed his fatigue of four decades and was no match for a young man almost twice his age. A day after this bout, Muhammad announced his definitive retirement from the ring.Muhammad Ali’s record as a professional boxer ended in 56 victories, 37 of them by knockout and 19 by decision; while he accumulated five defeats, four of them by decision and one by forfeit, a legacy difficult to achieve today for any heavyweight.For all the epic fights, his way of creating controversy and all the show he was above the ring, Mohamed Ali is the most famous boxer in history.
Muhammad Ali. Former American boxer who was three times world heavyweight champion, a category in which he was considered one of the greatest figures in the history of boxing. Nicknamed ‘The Greatest’.
He was known at first as Cassius Clay. He was a descendant of pre-Civil War American slaves in the American South and was predominantly of African-American descent with little English or Irish ancestry. He changed his name after joining the Nation of Islam organization in 1964 to Muhammad Ali.
After the Olympic gold, Clay returned to Louisville to begin his professional career under the tutelage of Angelo Dundee. There, on October 29, 1960, he won his first professional fight by points over six rounds against Tunney Hunsaker, who was the police chief of Fayetteville, West Virginia.
He soon became famous for his unorthodox style, spectacular results and constant self-promotion. Many times he recited poems composed by himself in which he mentioned in which round he would knock out his opponent. On the other hand, his praise of himself is well known, with phrases such as “I am the greatest” or “I am young, beautiful, fast and no one can beat me”.
Muhammad Ali or Mohammed Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.; Louisville, Kentucky, January 17, 1942-Scottsdale, Arizona, June 3, 2016) was an American boxer, considered one of the greatest of all time. He was a social figure of enormous influence in his generation, in politics and in social or humanitarian struggles in favor of African Americans and Islam.
Among numerous awards, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom; induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame; the title of “King of Boxing” by the World Boxing Council; and “Sportsman of the 20th Century” by Sports Illustrated and the BBC, among others.
Cassius Clay’s triumph in Rome was met with a muted reception by the country’s press. Quite the opposite happened in his hometown of Louisville. There he was greeted at the airport by the mayor, six cheerleaders and about 200 fans; he was also transported in a motorcade to the local school where he received a tribute. In the city of Louisville, he was welcomed by the mayor, six cheerleaders and about 200 supporters.