Presciently, his principal announced during a staff meeting about the issue that Clay would someday be "this school's claim to fame." Clay later joked about his lackluster academic record saying, "I said I was the Greatest, not the smartest." At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, he won a gold medal as a light heavyweight boxer. He then turned professional under the tutelage of boxing legend Angelo Dundee and quickly became famous for his unorthodox style, his spectacular results, and his tireless self-promotion (the latter inspired in part by professional wrestler Gorgeous George and singer Little Richard). He made a name for himself as the "Louisville Slugger" by composing poems predicting in which round he would knock out his opponent.
Clay needed even less time to make good on his claim. His jab-and-dance technique tired Liston, who failed to come out of his corner at the start of the seventh round. Clay was crowned the new world heavyweight champion and proclaimed himself "The Greatest." In 1964 Clay converted to Islam, joined the Nation of Islam (see Black Muslims), and assumed the name Muhammad Ali. In 1965 he defended his title in a rematch against Liston.
He took on the Olympics in 1960 at the age of 18 and won the gold medal. Yet being a gold medalist wouldn’t help persuade the public view of him as a serious contender for the world heavy weight contender. Ali would fight as the challenger for the light-heavy weight world title against Sonny Liston on February, 25 1964. Clay would shock the world into no longer doubting him as serious opponent with a technical knock-out and continue to shock them with an announcement a day later. Clay was a cock young boxer, who ran his mouth continuously before he fight to the point of being fined 2500 dollars (boxrec.com).
Douglas controlled the fight until Mike knocked him down late in the eighth round, but Douglas came back strong, knocking out Mike in the tenth round. Undaunted, Mike was determined to regain his crown. Within one year of his defeat, Mike fought twice more, winning both bouts by knockouts. Before Mike could get a rematch, Douglas lost the title in a bout with Evander Holyfield in October, 1990. In the months that followed, many people in the boxing world predicted that Mike would soon regain the heavyweight crown.
In May of 1926 he knocked out Phil Weisberger, Jack O’ Day, and Willie Daily. A few fights later, he defeated Tony Griffiths; this was a big deal because Tony Griffiths beat all the light heavyweights at the time. Then in October of 1928 Braddock took out Pete Latzo in the tenth round and broke his opponent’s jaw. Braddock did very well until the year of 1929 when all his luck began to change. James Braddock fought Tommy Loughran for the name of the light heavyweight champion, but he lost in a 15 round decision.
Michael Jordan is the Chicago Bulls superstar who beat Charles Barkley and Akeem Olajuwon for Rookie of the Year Honors in 1985. Perhaps, he is the greatest player to ever play the game....he even has six championship rings to back up his claim, including 3 straight from 1991-1993, and 3 more in 1996-1998. Michael was named the NBA Finals MVP in all of those titles. He's won them all with Scottie Pippen. In 1991, Jordan's Bulls finally overcame the greatest impediment to their team's success, Isiah Thomas' Detroit Pistons, who had regularly eliminated the Bulls from the playoffs.
When he got back to his hometown, Louisville, he thought that he was going to be treated as a champion, but he was still discriminated by the white society. In anger, Ali decided to throw his Olympic gold medal into the Ohio river, as a protest against what he perceived as racism in his hometown. At this point Ali wanted to take a stand against the discrimination of the blacks in the US, and did so by his actions. By the age of 22 Clay had a professional boxing record of 19 wins and no loss. On February 25, 1964, Ali got the chance to fight for the world heavyweight championship.
Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway is a gifted guard whose shooting, passing and athletic abilities earned him a spot on the All-NBA First Team and who helped the Magic reach the NBA Finals in 1995, only his second season in the league. The 6-7 Hardaway combines height, ballhandling and an accurate outside stroke into an exciting all-around game, although his scoring tailed off in his final two seasons with Orlando and he was traded to Phoenix prior to the 1999-2000 season. A native of Memphis, Tennessee Hardaway always seemed destined for roundball success. He was Parade magazine's National High School Player of the Year in 1990, when as a prep senior he averaged 36.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 3.3 steals, and 2.8 blocks. He chose to attend nearby Memphis State (now the University of Memphis) but had to sit out 1990-91 in order to become academically eligible.
It was game six in the 1993 NBA finals the Bulls had a 3-2 lead over the Phoenix Suns in the series. The Suns led in the 4th quarter with 3.6 seconds left; Chicago’s John Praxon hit the last second three winning the game 99-98 and winning the finals for a third time in a row (year by year).. The Bulls have won six championships in eight seasons. They won three, then did not make it the next two seasons and then won the next three. The bulls are the best team in NBA history because they had Michael Jordan.
MALE HEALTH Greatest Sportsmen of All Time: Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali is arguably the most famous American heavyweight boxer and social activist. Despite an impressive boxing career, he converted to the Nation of Islam in 1965 – a mere 18 days before ‘whooping’ formidable opponent Sonny Liston and claiming the World Heavyweight title the same year. Dodging the Vietnam draft, he was the subject of much controversy. Edward Moran Borja finds out more about this charismatic man of contrasts… verb phrases WHERE IT ALL BEGAN? When 12 year old Cassius Clay had the misfortune to have his bike stolen in Louisville, Kentucky, he took up the ‘sweet science’ of boxing so he could beat down – or as would say - ‘whoop’ whoever stole it.