Liston was greatly feared, and some have said that he was the Mike Tyson of his era. Almost no one gave the young boxer a chance of beating Liston. The date was fixed for February 25, 1964; during the weigh-in, the boisterous Ali declared that he... ... middle of paper ... ... Americans in Lebanon. In 1996, he had the honor of lighting the Olympic flame in Atlanta, Georgia. At the same Olympics, Ali was also presented with a replacement gold medal.
Johnson destroyed Tommy Burns so badly that the title fight had to be interrupted and stopped by the police. This was the day that Jack Johnson made history and became the first African American to win the heavyweight title of the world. His heavyweight title win against Tommy Burns certainly dismissed the assumption, made by white men who controlled boxing to that time period, that black boxers were mentally and physically much inferior to a white man. Fight of the Century Everyone in America and especially the boxing authorities where at awe that Jack Johnson an African American boxer had become the heavyweight champion of the world. Boxing authorities because of this put immense pressure on former heavyweight champion of the world Jim Jeffries to come out of retirement and face Jack Johnson.
By age 18 Clay had amassed a record of 108 wins and 8 losses in amateur competition. This included six Kentucky Golden Gloves titles, the 1959 International Golden Gloves heavyweight title, and a gold medal as the light heavyweight champion at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, Italy. After returning from the Olympics, Clay turned professional. He fought his first professional bout on October 29, 1960, and defeated Tunney Hunsaker. 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."
Clay’s paper was controversial because his teacher was a conforming Christian and his ideas about separatism and blacks being super-assertive scared her. The teacher wasn’t going to pass Clay, but the principal said “the boy will not fail, because he’s going to be an outstanding boxer.” Clay was becoming a boxing phenomenon; the first newspaper article about him was published on October 27, 1957. By then Clay had been boxing for 3 years and was clearly the number on... ... middle of paper ... ...man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.” Since throwing his gold medal away in Rome, Ali had been gaining fame ever since. After retiring from boxing Ali has been doing charity work for his community in Louisville. In 1986, he was presented with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his lifetime achievements in promoting peace, unity, for his charitable donations and for sports.
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).
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.
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. Soon Clay would become an outstanding amateur fighter and picked up a gold at the Olympic Games in Rome, 1960. RACISM Clay returned to his home town of Louisville wearing his gold medal proudly around his neck, but the pride faded when he was refused service in a ‘whites only’ restaurant. It seemed that not everyone shared his joy. The racist incident caused him t...
Writings • (With Richard Durham) The Greatest: My Own Story, Random House, 1975. Biographical Information Three-time world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, known for his lyrical charm and boasts as much as for his powerful fists, has moved far beyond the boxing ring in both influence and purpose. Ali won an Olympic gold medal and later tossed it into a river because he was disgusted by racism in America. As a young man he was recruited by Malcolm X to join the Nation of Islam. He refused to serve in Vietnam--a professional fighter willing to serve time in jail for his pacifist ideals.
James Braddock fought Tommy Loughran for the name of the light heavyweight champion, but he lost in a 15 round decision. After that fight things went downhill, he had lost and fought a total of 16 out of 22 fights w... ... middle of paper ... ...Cited “I don’t want to fight James Braddock because I’m so scared I will kill him.” (“The Cinderella Man” Ebscohost 4) “It’s been said that one of the traits of the Irish was survival, and James Braddock demonstrated that in life, and in the boxing ring.” (“James J. Braddock The Real ‘Cinderella’ Story” Robert Cassidy) “After Braddock’s boxing comeback he returned all of the welfare money he received. Also he made several donations to various Catholic Worker Houses and fed the homeless.” (“The Pride of the Irish” Admin) Howard, Ron. (2005). The Cinderella Man.
He later earned the title of world heavyweight champion, and became internationally famous for his confidence both in and out of the boxing ring. But when Ali lit the flame to open the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, his arm visibly shook as he raised the torch. The former fighter suffers from Parkinson's disease, a condition probably caused by the blows he received from opponents. Throughout his busy and sometimes controversial public life, Ali remains one of the most famous and popular athletes of the twentieth century. A consummate showman, he used to call himself "the Greatest," and many of his fans believe that the nickname fits.