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''"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee"''
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[[Image:Ibhof-logo.jpg|thumb|right|Class of 1990<br>Modern Category<br>Hall of Fame bio:[http://www.ibhof.com/pages/about/inductees/modern/ali.html click]]]
 
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[[File:WBHF Logo.jpg|right|thumb|200px|World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee]]
 
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'''Trainer'''[[Angelo Dundee]]<br>  
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'''Trainer:''' [[Angelo Dundee]]<br>
'''Manager'''[[Herbert Muhammad]]
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'''Manager:''' [[Herbert Muhammad]]<br>
* '''[[:Category:Muhammad Ali Gallery|Muhammad Ali Gallery]]
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'''[[:Category:Muhammad Ali Gallery|Muhammad Ali Gallery]]'''
 
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'''Muhammad Ali''' is the brother of fellow boxer [[Rahman Ali]], the father of female world champion [[Laila Ali]], and the uncle of [[Ibn Ali]].
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== Amateur Achievements ==
 
== Amateur Achievements ==
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*Six-time Kentucky State Golden Gloves Champion
 
*Six-time Kentucky State Golden Gloves Champion
*1959 Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions Light Heavyweight Champion
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*1959 Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions Light Heavyweight Champion vs. [[Jeff Davis]]
*1959 Intercity Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight Champion
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*1959 Intercity Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight Champion vs. [[Tony Madigan]]
*1960 Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions Heavyweight Champion
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*1960 Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions Heavyweight Champion vs. [[Jimmy Jones (of Chicago, IL)|Jimmy Jones]]
*1960 Intercity Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion
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*1960 Intercity Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion vs. [[Gary Jawish]]
*1959 & 1960 National AAU Light Heavyweight Champion
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*1959 National AAU Light Heavyweight Champion vs. [[Johnny Powell]]
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*1960 National AAU Light Heavyweight Champion vs. [[Jeff Davis]]
 
*1960 [[Olympics|Olympic]] Light Heavyweight Gold Medalist in Rome, Italy. Olympic results:
 
*1960 [[Olympics|Olympic]] Light Heavyweight Gold Medalist in Rome, Italy. Olympic results:
 
**[[Yvon Becaus]] (Belgium) TKO 2
 
**[[Yvon Becaus]] (Belgium) TKO 2
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**[[Zbigniew Pietrzykowski]] (Poland) W3
 
**[[Zbigniew Pietrzykowski]] (Poland) W3
  
== Professional Achievements ==
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*Three-time World Heavyweight Champion
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*Won twenty-two World Heavyweight Championship fights
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  title= [[Olympic Games Medalists| Olympic Gold Medalist]] <br /> Light Heavyweight Champion |
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  after= [[Cosimo Pinto]]
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{{succession box | title=[[United States Amateur Light Heavyweight Champions|National AAU]]                      <br/> Light Heavyweight Champion | before=[[Sylvester Banks]]| after= [[Bob Christopherson]]| years=1959-1960}}
  
==Acting Career==
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  before= [[Kent Green]] |
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  title= [[Chicago Golden Gloves|Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions]] <br /> Light Heavyweight Champion |
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  years= 1959 |
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  after= [[Jeff Davis]]
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  before= [[James Hargett]] |
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  title= [[Intercity Golden Gloves|Intercity Golden Gloves]] <br /> Light Heavyweight Champion |
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  years= 1959 |
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  after= [[Jeff Davis]]
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{{succession box |
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  before= [[Jimmy Jones (of Chicago, IL)|Jimmy Jones]] |
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  title= [[Chicago Golden Gloves|Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions]] <br /> Heavyweight Champion |
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  years= 1960 |
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  after= [[Al Jenkins]]
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{{succession box |
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  before= [[Sylvester Banks]] |
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  title= [[Intercity Golden Gloves|Intercity Golden Gloves]] <br /> Heavyweight Champion |
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  years= 1960 |
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  after= [[Ray Patterson]]
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*Appeared in a number of movies and television shows
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== Amateur Record ==
  
== Awards and Recognition ==
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There have been various amateur records accredited to Muhammad Ali. 100-5, 127-5, 134-7, 137-7, and 99-8 are among the claims.
* Named [[Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year|''The Ring'' Fighter of the Year]] for 1963, 1974, 1975 and 1978
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* Named [[Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year]] for 1965, 1974 and 1975
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* Proclaimed "Fighter of the Decade" (1970s) by [[The Ring Magazine|''The Ring'']]
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* Won the Boxing Writers' Association of America [[James J. Walker Memorial Award]] for 1984
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* Named the greatest heavyweight of all-time by [[Ring Magazine|''The Ring'']] in 1998
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* Named the greatest heavyweight of the 20th century by the Associated Press
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* Named "Athlete of the Century" by GQ magazine
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* Named "Sportsman of the 20th Century" by [[Sports Illustrated]]
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* Named "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC
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== Professional Achievements ==
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*The first and only three-time lineal [[World Heavyweight Champion]]
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*The first World Heavyweight Champion to come back from retirement and regain the title
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*Won twenty-two World Heavyweight Championship fights and made 19 successful defenses
  
== Factoids ==
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==Acting Career==
Ali's first fight with [[Joe Frazier]] indirectly led to four deaths. During the bout itself in New York, two spectators died of heart attacks. In Malaysia, Abdul Ghani Bachik was reported to have leaped up from his chair while watching the fight on paid television and shouted, "My God, Cassius Clay has fallen!" He then suffered a fatal heart attack. In Milan, Italy, Erio Borghisiani was found dead in front of his television just hours after viewing the fight on paid television.
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*Appeared in a number of movies and television shows. IMDb credits: [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000738/]
  
== Legacy ==
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== Awards and Recognition ==
A 1974 ''World Boxing'' reader poll ranked Ali as the 5th greatest heavyweight in history, historian Nat Loubet ranked him as the 9th greatest heavyweight of all-time in 1975, and John Durant, author of ''The Heavyweight Champions'', ranked him as the 4th greatest heavyweight of all-time in 1976. BBC Sports, former WBA president Bill Brennan, ''The Ring'' editor-in-chief Nigel Collins, former ''Boxing Illustrated'' editor-in-chief Herbert G. Goldman, ''Showtime'' commentator Steve Farhood, and historian Arthur Harris all consider Ali to be the greatest heavyweight of all-time.
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*Named [[Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year|''The Ring'' Fighter of the Year]] for 1963, 1972, 1974, 1975 and 1978
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*Named [[Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year]] for 1965, 1974 and 1975
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*Proclaimed "Fighter of the Decade" (1970s) by [[The Ring Magazine|''The Ring'']]
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*Won the Boxing Writers' Association of America [[James J. Walker Memorial Award]] for 1984
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*Named the greatest heavyweight of all-time by [[Ring Magazine|''The Ring'']] in 1998
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*Named the greatest heavyweight of the 20th century by the Associated Press
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*Named "Athlete of the Century" by GQ magazine
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*Named "Sportsman of the 20th Century" by [[Sports Illustrated]]
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*Named "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC
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*Inducted into the [[Florida Boxing Hall of Fame]] in 2010
  
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== Factoids ==
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*Muhammad Ali is the brother of fellow boxer [[Rahman Ali]], the father of female world champion [[Laila Ali]], and the uncle of [[Ibn Ali]].
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*Ali graduated from Central High School in Louisville with a D- average, ranking 376 in a class of 391.
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*Ali was afraid of flying after he had a rough flight going to California for the Olympic trials, so before he flew to Rome for the Olympics, he visited an army surplus store and purchased a parachute, which he wore throughout the flight to Rome.
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*After returning to Louisville as the Olympic light heavyweight champion, Ali was refused service at a "whites only" restaurant. He was so disgusted that he threw his gold medal into the Ohio River.
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*Ali's first fight with [[Joe Frazier]] indirectly led to four deaths''':'''
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**Two spectators at Madison Square Garden died of heart attacks during the fight.
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**Erio Borghisiani was found dead in front of his television just hours after viewing the fight on paid television in Milan, Italy.
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**In Malaysia, Abdul Ghani Bachik was reported to have leaped up from his chair while watching the fight on paid television and shouted, "My God, Cassius Clay has fallen!" He then suffered a fatal heart attack.
  
==Reference sources==
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== Historical Rankings ==
 
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*A ''World Boxing'' reader poll ranked Ali as the 5th greatest heavyweight of all-time in 1974.
* [http://www.ali.com/ Official website]
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*Historian Nat Loubet ranked Ali as the 9th greatest heavyweight of all-time in 1975.  
 
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*John Durant, author of ''The Heavyweight Champions'', ranked Ali as the 4th greatest heavyweight of all-time in 1976.
* ''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1659947 Ali, the fighting prophet]'' / Gilbert Odd with a foreword by Henry Cooper (1975, ISBN 0720708451)
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*BBC Sports, former WBA president Bill Brennan, former ''The Ring'' editor-in-chief Nigel Collins, former ''Boxing Illustrated'' editor-in-chief Herbert G. Goldman, ''Showtime'' commentator Steve Farhood, and historian Arthur Harris all consider Ali to be the greatest heavyweight of all-time.
* ''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2057974 Black is best: the riddle of Cassius Clay]'' / Jack Olsen (1967)
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* ''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2489745 Cassius Clay: a biography]'' / Jack Olsen (1967)
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* ''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn3019601 Cassius Clay ante el racismo]'' / Jose Laurino (1969)
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* ''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2494526 Le champion]'' / Robert Gurik (c1977, ISBN 0776100653)
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* ''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2194423 Facing Ali : the opposition weighs in]'' / Stephen Brunt (2002, ISBN 0676973507)
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* ''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn331046 The fight]'' / Norman Mailer (1975 - 1st edition, ISBN 0316544167)
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* ''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2978330 The fight]'' / Norman Mailer (1976, ISBN 0246109505)
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* ''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn244559 The greatest: my own story]'' / Muhammad Ali with Richard Durham (c1975 - 1st edition, ISBN 0394462688)
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* ''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1119292 The greatest: my own story]'' / Muhammad Ali with Richard Durham (1976, ISBN 0246109440)
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* ''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2865330 I'm the greatest: the wit and humour of Muhammad Ali]'' / cartoons by Roy Ullyett and Jon (1975, ISBN 0856321427 and 0856321494 (pbk))
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* ''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn94569 King of the world: Muhammad Ali and the rise of an American hero]'' / David Remnick (c1998, ISBN 0375500650)
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* ''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1218886 Men of destiny: the story of Muhammad Ali, formerly Cassius Clay]'' / John Cottrell (1967)
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* ''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1333950 Muhammad Ali: his fights in the ring]'' / Robert Walker (1979, ISBN 017005571X)
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* ''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2786653 Muhammad Ali retrospective]'' / Henry James Korn (1976, ISBN 0909331146)
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* ''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn314318 Muhammad Ali's greatest fight: Cassius Clay vs. the United States of America]'' / Howard Bingham and Max Wallace (c2000, ISBN 0871319004)
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* ''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1974435 Redemption song: Muhammad Ali and the spirit of the sixties]'' / Mike Marqusee (1999, ISBN 185984717X)
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* ''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1015301 Sting like a bee: the Muhammad Ali story]'' (1971, ISBN 0200718401)
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* ''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1103339 Sting like a bee: the Muhammad Ali story]'' / Jose Torres and Bert Randolph Sugar (2002, ISBN 0074712004)
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* ''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn310852 Black superman]'' / words and music by Johnny Wakelin (c1974) - ''"A tribute to the black superman Muhammad Ali"''
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==Reference Sources==
* ''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn3120384 In Zaire]'' / words and music by Johnny Wakelin (c1976)
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*[http://www.ali.com/ Official website]
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*''[http://www.doghouseboxing.com/Ken/Hissner031810.htm Cassius Clay AKA Muhammad Ali's Amateur Boxing Record in Question?]'' / Ken Hissner (2010)
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*''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1659947 Ali, the fighting prophet]'' / Gilbert Odd with a foreword by Henry Cooper (1975, ISBN 0720708451)
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*''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2057974 Black is best: the riddle of Cassius Clay]'' / Jack Olsen (1967)
 +
*''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2489745 Cassius Clay: a biography]'' / Jack Olsen (1967)
 +
*''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn3019601 Cassius Clay ante el racismo]'' / Jose Laurino (1969)
 +
*''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2494526 Le champion]'' / Robert Gurik (c1977, ISBN 0776100653)
 +
*''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2194423 Facing Ali : the opposition weighs in]'' / Stephen Brunt (2002, ISBN 0676973507)
 +
*''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn331046 The fight]'' / Norman Mailer (1975 - 1st edition, ISBN 0316544167)
 +
*''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2978330 The fight]'' / Norman Mailer (1976, ISBN 0246109505)
 +
*''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn244559 The greatest: my own story]'' / Muhammad Ali with Richard Durham (c1975 - 1st edition, ISBN 0394462688)
 +
*''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1119292 The greatest: my own story]'' / Muhammad Ali with Richard Durham (1976, ISBN 0246109440)
 +
*''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2865330 I'm the greatest: the wit and humour of Muhammad Ali]'' / cartoons by Roy Ullyett and Jon (1975, ISBN 0856321427 and 0856321494 (pbk))
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*''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn94569 King of the world: Muhammad Ali and the rise of an American hero]'' / David Remnick (c1998, ISBN 0375500650)
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*''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1218886 Men of destiny: the story of Muhammad Ali, formerly Cassius Clay]'' / John Cottrell (1967)
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*''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1333950 Muhammad Ali: his fights in the ring]'' / Robert Walker (1979, ISBN 017005571X)
 +
*''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2786653 Muhammad Ali retrospective]'' / Henry James Korn (1976, ISBN 0909331146)
 +
*''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn314318 Muhammad Ali's greatest fight: Cassius Clay vs. the United States of America]'' / Howard Bingham and Max Wallace (c2000, ISBN 0871319004)
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*''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1974435 Redemption song: Muhammad Ali and the spirit of the sixties]'' / Mike Marqusee (1999, ISBN 185984717X)
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*''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1015301 Sting like a bee: the Muhammad Ali story]'' (1971, ISBN 0200718401)
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*''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1103339 Sting like a bee: the Muhammad Ali story]'' / Jose Torres and Bert Randolph Sugar (2002, ISBN 0074712004)
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*''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn310852 Black superman]'' / words and music by Johnny Wakelin (c1974) - ''"A tribute to the black superman Muhammad Ali"''
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*''[http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn3120384 In Zaire]'' / words and music by Johnny Wakelin (c1976)
  
  
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[[Category:Ali Family]]
 
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Revision as of 01:43, 6 October 2012

Ali 1966.jpg
Class of 1990
Modern Category
Hall of Fame bio:click
World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

Name: Muhammad Ali
Alias: The Greatest
Birth Name: Cassius Marcellus Clay
Born: 1942-01-17
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Nationality: US American
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6′ 3″   /   191cm
Reach: 78″   /   198cm
Boxing Record: click

Trainer: Angelo Dundee
Manager: Herbert Muhammad
Muhammad Ali Gallery

Contents

Amateur Achievements

The 1960 Rome Olympics
  • Six-time Kentucky State Golden Gloves Champion
  • 1959 Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions Light Heavyweight Champion vs. Jeff Davis
  • 1959 Intercity Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight Champion vs. Tony Madigan
  • 1960 Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions Heavyweight Champion vs. Jimmy Jones
  • 1960 Intercity Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion vs. Gary Jawish
  • 1959 National AAU Light Heavyweight Champion vs. Johnny Powell
  • 1960 National AAU Light Heavyweight Champion vs. Jeff Davis
  • 1960 Olympic Light Heavyweight Gold Medalist in Rome, Italy. Olympic results:


Preceded by:
Jim Boyd
Olympic Gold Medalist
Light Heavyweight Champion

1960
Succeeded by:
Cosimo Pinto
Preceded by:
Sylvester Banks
National AAU
Light Heavyweight Champion

1959-1960
Succeeded by:
Bob Christopherson
Preceded by:
Kent Green
Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions
Light Heavyweight Champion

1959
Succeeded by:
Jeff Davis
Preceded by:
James Hargett
Intercity Golden Gloves
Light Heavyweight Champion

1959
Succeeded by:
Jeff Davis
Preceded by:
Jimmy Jones
Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions
Heavyweight Champion

1960
Succeeded by:
Al Jenkins
Preceded by:
Sylvester Banks
Intercity Golden Gloves
Heavyweight Champion

1960
Succeeded by:
Ray Patterson


Amateur Record

There have been various amateur records accredited to Muhammad Ali. 100-5, 127-5, 134-7, 137-7, and 99-8 are among the claims.

Professional Achievements

  • The first and only three-time lineal World Heavyweight Champion
  • The first World Heavyweight Champion to come back from retirement and regain the title
  • Won twenty-two World Heavyweight Championship fights and made 19 successful defenses

Acting Career

  • Appeared in a number of movies and television shows. IMDb credits: [1]

Awards and Recognition

Factoids

  • Muhammad Ali is the brother of fellow boxer Rahman Ali, the father of female world champion Laila Ali, and the uncle of Ibn Ali.
  • Ali graduated from Central High School in Louisville with a D- average, ranking 376 in a class of 391.
  • Ali was afraid of flying after he had a rough flight going to California for the Olympic trials, so before he flew to Rome for the Olympics, he visited an army surplus store and purchased a parachute, which he wore throughout the flight to Rome.
  • After returning to Louisville as the Olympic light heavyweight champion, Ali was refused service at a "whites only" restaurant. He was so disgusted that he threw his gold medal into the Ohio River.
  • Ali's first fight with Joe Frazier indirectly led to four deaths:
    • Two spectators at Madison Square Garden died of heart attacks during the fight.
    • Erio Borghisiani was found dead in front of his television just hours after viewing the fight on paid television in Milan, Italy.
    • In Malaysia, Abdul Ghani Bachik was reported to have leaped up from his chair while watching the fight on paid television and shouted, "My God, Cassius Clay has fallen!" He then suffered a fatal heart attack.

Historical Rankings

  • A World Boxing reader poll ranked Ali as the 5th greatest heavyweight of all-time in 1974.
  • Historian Nat Loubet ranked Ali as the 9th greatest heavyweight of all-time in 1975.
  • John Durant, author of The Heavyweight Champions, ranked Ali as the 4th greatest heavyweight of all-time in 1976.
  • BBC Sports, former WBA president Bill Brennan, former The Ring editor-in-chief Nigel Collins, former Boxing Illustrated editor-in-chief Herbert G. Goldman, Showtime commentator Steve Farhood, and historian Arthur Harris all consider Ali to be the greatest heavyweight of all-time.

Reference Sources



Preceded by:
Sonny Liston
WBA Heavyweight Champion
1964 Feb 25 – 1964 Sep 14
Stripped
Succeeded by:
Ernie Terrell
Preceded by:
Sonny Liston
WBC Heavyweight Champion
1964 Feb 25 – 1970 Feb 3
Retired
Succeeded by:
Joe Frazier
Preceded by:
Sonny Liston
NYSAC World Heavyweight Champion
1964 Feb 25 – 1967 May 9
Stripped
Succeeded by:
Joe Frazier
Preceded by:
Ernie Terrell
WBA Heavyweight Champion
1967 Feb 6 – 1967 May 9
Stripped
Succeeded by:
Jimmy Ellis
Preceded by:
George Foreman
WBA Heavyweight Champion
WBC Heavyweight Champion

1974 Oct 30 – 1978 Feb 15
Succeeded by:
Leon Spinks
Preceded by:
Leon Spinks
WBA Heavyweight Champion
1978 Sep 15 – 1979 Sep 6
Retired
Succeeded by:
John Tate


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