As Clay continued to win over the next few years, he became more vocal about his successes, and he was given the nicknames "Louisville Lip" and "Mighty Mouth." By 1964 Clay had recorded 19 professional wins and had earned a chance to challenge heavyweight champion Sonny Liston. At 22 years of age, he was considered a serious underdog. Nonetheless, he predicted that he would knock out Liston in the eighth round. Clay needed even less time to make good on his claim.
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.
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.
His dedication to bodybuilding earned him jail time, but shortly after, he wins the title of Jr. Mr. Europe. At only nineteen years old, Arnold had a bright future ahead of him with Jr. Mr. Olympia under his belt. Not only were Arnold becoming a professional bodybuilder at nineteen years old, but he also competed in Olympic weightlifting and power-lifting contests. He was victorious in two weight lifting contests in 1966 and 1968. The road to becoming the greatest body builder of all time was looking short after victories in all contests, including a stone-lifting contest in Munich.
He has a team that helps him formulate a plan of attack, and that plan is attack. He’s smart and brutal, he’s rated as one of the best pound for pound fighters and look at his age! However, he was outgunned by boxing's, questionably, best fighter, Mayweather Jr. In Canelo’s case, he did receive respect from many but also lost credibility. He didn't show up to this match and really showed his weak spot.
Muhammad Ali's Achievements "I'm going to be the perfect champion-like the young Joe Louis. I'm clean living; I haven't got a prison record. I think you got to be an idol for young people" Ali 1963 It has been said that there are few opportunities in life to prove yourself a man; Muhammad Ali took advantage of every one that came his way, in doing so became loved by not only his countrymen, but also the world, and became immortal in his own time. In this essay I will discuss about if this boxing great really did cause a stir among the people of the world, what factors helped him, his moral and religious beliefs and did he really achieve what he set out to do in the quote above. It all started on an October afternoon in 1954 when Cassius Marcellus Clay was 12.
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).
Boxing Early Years Jack Johnson was born on March 31st, 1878 in Galveston, Texas. Both of his parents were former slaves. Jack Johnson learned to box at the age of fifteen, he later on joined the professional boxing circuit at the age of twenty. Through his professional boxing career he loved his success and rewards that he gained. But racial segregation was still alive in America, through the early 1900s, he would have to wait ten years, until he would finally have a title shot for the world heavyweight title, he taunted the current heavyweight champion, the Canadian Tommy Burns into accepting the title fight.
Clay had his brand new bicycle stolen. This enraged him, and gave him the desire to learn how to fight. After that day, Clay was known for the dedication he put into his boxing and work ethic that could only be matched by professionals (The Boxer). Muhammad Ali may be one of the most recognizable athletes to ever live, but is even better known for what he has done for the world over his lifetime. Ali’s amazing athletic feats, flamboyant entertainment, political endeavors, and activist lifestyle would have had an even greater impact if he was alive in the 1910s.
Ali had problems in school at an early stage and felt he wanted to do something different. His dreams were going to be fulfilled at an age of 12, when Joe Martin, a police officer and a boxing instructor, encouraged Ali to start with boxing. Ali showed great skills at an early stage of his boxing career. At the age of 16, Ali had won two Golden Glove Titles, two National AAU Titles, he was by now nationally recognized. When the 1960 Rome Olympic Game was about to take off, Ali was provided with an opportunity to represent his country.