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At first, Muhammad Ali had no intension of boxing. After his bike was stolen, in the month of October 1954, when he was twelve, his whole life was set. Upon finding out that there was a police officer in the basement of a gym, Ali went down to the officer in a shocked state of mind demanding a "state wide bike hunt" for hsi stolen bicycle. But all the cop told him to do was to learn to fight. and that
s what he went out and did. Althoguh int eh end, he enver got his bike back, but much more. including six Kentucky Golden Glove titles, two National Golden Gloves, two Amateur Athletic Union championships, a Gold Medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Rome Olympic games, and the world professional heavyweight championship, three times.
In the beginning of his career, he stood at 6' 3" and he had a highly irregular style for a heavyweight boxer btu that didn't mean he wasn't good. Rather than the normal boxing style of carrying the hands high to defend the face, he instead relied on his ability to avoid a punch. The person who first introduced him to boxing was the police officer who started it all. Joe E. Martin. Martin lead Clay to his first trainer, Fred Stoner, who trained with Cassius during his entire amateur career. With the aid of Stoner, Clay went on to win 6 Kentucky Golden Gloves titles, 2 national Golden Gloves titles, an Amateur Athletic Union National Title, and the Light Heavyweight gold medal in the 1960 Olympics in Rome.
Barely graduating from Lousiville Central High, he finished 369th out of 391 in his class
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a Certificate of Attendance saying that "...one day he'll be making more money than everyone in this room." As you can see, from the beginning he started to build up the commotion that led to his reign as a boxer.
After he won the gold medal for the Light Heavyweight in 1960, he went back to Lousiville and began his professional career. His first fight was on October 29, 1960; winning ove ra six-round decision over Tunney Hunsaker,who was the police chief of Fayetteville, West Virginia. Between 1960 and 1963, he came out with a record of 19-9, including 15 knockouts on Tony Esperti, Jim Robinson, Donnie Fleeman, Alonzo Johnson, George Logan, Willi Besmanoff, Lamar Clark (who had won his previous 40 bouts by knockout), Doug Jones and Henry Cooper.
In the year 1963, the year the "Fight of the Year" took place, he won a 10 round fight over Doug Jones. Following this fight was the draw between him and Henry Cooper, who knocked Clay down with a left hook near the end of the fourth round. The fight was stopped in the 5th round due to a deep cut on Cooper's face.
Although he had many close calls, he became the top contender for Sonny Liston's title. In spite of his amazing record he was not expected to win this
fight. On feburary 25, 1964 in Miami Florida, Clay began the fight with a a plan. He avoided liston's punches with quick movements and used his height to lay down the first hit. As the fight went back and forth and fluctuating between each fighter, Clay came out on the top, disproving what many people thought was going to be a loss in his streak of wins.
My next theory has to do a lot with fictional super heroes that we see on television. His name change. His name change relates a lot with fictional characters because every super hero that
we see on television has a secret undercover name. For example, Batman has a a name that he uses when he's walking the strets of the city (Bruce Wayne) but when he's out with doin ghis thing, he uses the name Batman. Similar to Cassius Marcellus Clay, he chagnes him name to Muhammad Ali.
In 1964, he was assigned and tested on goin gto war in vietnam to but failed the test which allowed him to stay back. However in 1966, the tests were revised and he passed. He refused to go sayign that "War is against the teachings of the Holy Qur'an. I'm not trying to dodge the draft. We are not supposed to take part in no wars unless declared by Allah or The Messenger. We don't take part in Christian wars or wars of any unbelievers." Also saying that "I ain't got no quarrel with those Vietcong" and "no Vietcong ever called me nigger."
He also refused to respond to his name as Cassius Clay, when instructed by mentors from the Nation of Islam. Following this
was a ban from fighting in the United States. So he went to different countries to fight.
In 1970, Ali was finally able to get a boxing license. With the help of a State Senator, he was granted a license to box in Georgia because it was the only state in America without a boxing commission. In October 1970, he returned to stop Jerry Quarry on a cut after three rounds. Shortly after the Quarry fight, the New York State Supreme Court ruled that Ali had been unjustly denied a boxing license. Once again able to fight in New York, he fought Oscar Bonavena at Madison Square Garden in December 1970. After a tough 14 rounds, Ali stopped Bonavena in the 15th, paving the way for a title fight against Joe Frazier.
This fight was called the "Fight of the Century." It featured two skilled, undefeated fighters, both of whom had reasonable claims to the heavyweight crown. The fight lived up to the hype, and Frazier punctuated his victory by flooring Ali with a hard left hook in the 15th and final round.
After this brutal defeat he regaind his title by defeating George Foreman. Thsi figth was calle dthe "Rumble in the
on June 27, 1979, he announced that
he would retire and vacate hsi title but this retirement was shrot lived, makign him want to coem back to challenge
Larry Holmes. This fight ended with him losing. But this
make him want to retire and made him want to figth oen more
fight. On December 11, 1981, he fought rising contender and future world champion Trevor Berbick. assuming that Ali wasn't up to fighting anymore, They didn't want to attend of watch the fight. Although he fought a little better than he did aigainst Holmes, he came out of the fight with another loss in the 10th round.
Following this loss, Ali retired permanently in 1981, with a career record of 56 wins (37 by knockout) and 5 losses, and as a three-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion.
In conclusion, Muhammad Ali defeated almost every top Heavyweight in his era, an era which has been called the Golden Age of Heavyweight boxing. He was recognized by Ting Magazine as "Fighter of the Year' many years through otu his career. He is regarded as one of the best pound for pound boxers in history. He was a masterful self-promoter, and his psychological tactics before, during, and after fights, were very effective.
His name reflects on lives even today, having named streets with hsi name, He is still well known through otu the world and some even call him the greatest athlete ever to exist. Although the renaming of Central High School with his own name didn't coem through, the Board of Aldermen in hsi hoemtown of lousiville renamed Walnut Street to Muhammad Ali Boulevard.