Muhammad Ali

Name: Muhammad Ali

    "The Greatest"..."The Louisville Lip"..."Gasous Cassius"
    • Considered one of the greatest heavyweights of all time.
    • Won the Light Heavyweight Gold Medal for the United States at the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Italy.
    • National AAU Light Heavyweight champion in 1959 and 1960.
    • Named Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year for 1963, 1974, 1975 and 1978.
    • Named Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year for 1965, 1974 and 1975.
    • Won the Boxing Writers' Association of America James J. Walker Memorial Award for 1984.
    • Proclaimed the "Fighter of the Decade" (1970s) by The Ring magazine.
    • Named "Athlete of the Century" by GQ magazine.
    • Named Sports Illustrated's "Sportsman of the 20th Century".
    • Named BBC's "Sports Personality of the Century".
    • Ali was so popular that when he lost his first fight with Joe Frazier, his loss 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, hours after viewing the fight on paid television
    • won 56 (KO 37) + lost 5 (KO 1) + drawn 0 = 61

Favorite Book: "The Koran"

"The Koran is my double favorite book...My favorite movie: "Shane"...My favorite song: "I Can't Stand It" by James Brown...My favorite singer: Elvis...My favorite fighter: Jack Johnson...My favorite food: Lamb chops (and bean pie)...My favorite candy: Baby Ruth--& that's the truth!"

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