Muhammad Ali: Significant Sporting Figures Of The 20th Century

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Muhammad Ali was a former heavyweight champion boxer and also one of the significant sporting figures of the 20th century. He is also an Olympic gold medalist and the first boxer to earn the heavyweight title three times. Muhammad Ali was born on January 17, 1942 in
Louisville,kentucky and did not start boxing until 1954 because his bike got stolen. The twelve year old boy reported the theft to Louisville officer Joe Martin , but since Joe Martin was also a boxing trainer he suggested that Muhammad Ali learned how fight first, so he started training him and a month and a half later Muhammad Ali won his first fight. By the time he was 18 he had won two national Golden Glove titles, two Amateur Athletic Union national titles, and 100 wins with
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Before the fight Muhammad Ali taunted Sonny Liston by saying that he was going to float like a butterfly, but sting like a bee.He also predicted a knockout.Muhammad was able to defeat Sonny Liston and the next morning , Muhammad Ali, who was seen in Miami

with Malcolm X gave some rumors in his conversation to Islam.After Islam had heard those rumors, the national of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad gave the name Muhammad Ali to
Muhammad Ali replacing his original name Clay.
Sonny Liston was a strong competitor, so he decided to have a rematch with Muhammad
Ali, but unfortunately in the first round Sonny Liston was knocked out by Muhammad Ali and was defeated for the second time in a row.As soon as the Vietnam War broke out Muhammad
Ali had to go fight in war, but he refused to serve because of his religious beliefs,therfore he was arested, he got his boxing liscense suspended, and the New York State Atletic Comission revoked his heavyweight belt. He was originally sentenced for five years in prison, but he remained free while the convection was appealed. Even though Muhammad Ali was free from jail he was still banned from boxing for three years, but in 1970,

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