Biography of Muhammad Ali

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“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” quoted Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. aka Muhammad Ali, known as the greatest boxer of all time. He was the World Heavyweight Champion, three times in his life. Muhammad was not only a boxer, but he also a social activist, as well as a philanthropist. He had a tough life as being the only black boxer at the time. Muhammad was discriminated for his race, but he gained his pride and respect from showing everyone his moves in the ring. Ali became a Golden Gloves champion in 1959, and in the following year, he became an olympic gold medalist. He devoted much of his time to philanthropy, and showing how he felt about racism and social activity in the United States, in the 60’s.

Cassius was born on January 17, 1942, into an African- American, Methodist family in Louisville Kentucky, United States. His father Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., painted billboards, and his mother Odessa O’Grady Clay worked as a household domestic. Cassius has a younger brother who goes by the nickname of “Rudy” but his real name is Rudolph. In 1954, when he was 12, his bicycle was stolen from outside of an auditorium. He reported the theft to a local policeman, Joe Martin. He was teaching boys how to fight in the gym underneath the auditorium where Clay’s bike was stolen. Clay was intrigued with the technique of boxing, watching fists fly, and the students defending skills. Clay had then joined the gym, and started learning how to box. Six weeks after he learnt his boxing skills, he won his first fight. Muhammad went to Louisville High School, though he wasn’t a bright student. But, he was very popular, at school, as he was a well known boxer there. He’d show off his moves in the hall, or practice his jabs in front o...

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...’ decision. Ali beat him in a re-match, 2 years after. He had another huge win when he beat the reigning WWC (World Heavyweight Champion), George Foreman. He emerged victorious, becoming WHWC once again.

In his retirement, Ali has devoted much of his time to philanthropy. He announced that he has Parkinson's disease in 1984, a degenerative neurological condition, and has been involved in raising funds for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Over the years, Ali has also supported the Special Olympics and the Make a Wish Foundation among other organizations. Ali has been married happily to his fourth wife, Yolanda since 1986. The couple has one son, Assad, but Ali has multiple other kids from relationships before. He has one daughter, Laila, who continued in his footsteps in boxing, to continue his reputation, as the greatest boxer in the world.
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