Boxing sport remains one of the best sports games where people get entertained with punches, hook, jab and the dreadful uppercut. While it didn’t start as a popular sport game, some individuals can be credited for their effort in entertaining crowd with their boxing style and individual trademark punches.
Today’s story is about Muhammad Ali born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on January 17, 1942. He was an American professional boxer, activist, entertainer, poet, philanthropist, and was regarded as the greatest and most significant celebrity in the 20th century. His father was a sign and billboard painter, and his mother, Odessa O’Grady Clay, was a domestic helper. He attended Central High School in Louisville. He was dyslexic, which led to difficulties in reading and writing, at school and for much of his life. Ali grew up amid racial segregation which his childhood life a tough one.
Because of the level of racial discrimination in American society, Ali had to deal with the negative influences surrounding his society due to his black origin. At one point, he lost his boxing license because he refused to participate in the Vietnam War because of his belief; it was a tough time for him because he couldn’t do what he loved doing.
Challenges are part of natural phenomenon in our daily lives, however, perseverance and willingness are keys to overcoming it successfully.
His rise to prominence began in his boxing amateur career with the name clay. He debuted in 1954 boxing against local amateur boxer Ronnie O’Keefe where he won by split decision. He went on to win six Kentucky Golden Gloves titles, two national Golden Gloves titles, an Amateur Athletic Union national title, and the light heavyweight gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Ali made his professional debut on October 29, 1960, winning a six-round decision over Tunney Hunsaker. From then until the end of 1963, he amassed a record of 19–0 with 15 wins by knockout. He defeated boxers including Tony Esperti, Jim Robinson, Donnie Fleeman, Alonzo Johnson, George Logan, Willi Besmanoff, LaMarClark, Doug Jones and Henry Cooper.
His Eureka moment finally arrived when he defeated Sonny Liston to become the youngest boxer to take the title from a reigning heavyweight champion. After the fight, he changed his name to Cassius X, and then later to Muhammad Ali upon converting to Islam. He went on to defend his title by defeating Patterson, in 1965, Jerry Quarry in 1970, and had super fight with Joe Frazier where he won twice and lost one. The fight remained one of the biggest in the history of boxing sports because the third fight was a brutal one in which Ali and Frazier were brutally injured, however, he won the fight because of Frazier trainer refusal to allow Frazier answer the bell.
Today, Mohammed Ali is forever a legend in the hearts and minds of boxing lover because of his boxing ability and movement that made him defeat opponent. He is believed to be one of the fastest boxer to ever graced the game.