Muhammad Ali: Boxer (Born Jan. 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
Muhammad Ali, whose given name was Cassius Marcellus Clay, was the first boxer to win the World Heavy Weight Championship three separate times. In 1960, while still an amateur, he won the Amateur Athletic Union Light Heavy Weight Championship and the Olympic Games Light Heavy Weight Championship. He first became Wold Heavy Weight Champion by knocking out Sonny Liston in 1964.
Ali refused to join the Armed Forces in 1967 for religious reasons and as a consequence, lost his title. On October 30,1974, he regained his title by defeating George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire, losing it again to Leon Spinks in 1978. He regained it from Spinks in September of the same year.
Muhammad Ali retired in 1979, having lost only three times in 59 fights. He attempted a comeback but lost both fights. –The first was with Larry Holmes in 1980, and the last with Trevor Berbick in 1981.
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