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The Great Boxer Muhammad Ali And His Journey To Fame

Feb 14, 2023 02:00PM ● By Burns Johnson

Muhammad Ali was an icon in the sports world and beyond. He was more than a boxer - an icon and a social activist who used his platform to fight for equality, justice, and fairness, what he believed.

 Here are some of his historical moments, impactful speeches, and acts of social activism.

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. in Louisville, Kentucky, Muhammad Ali was one of the most influential boxing figures of the 20th century. On March 6, 1964: Cassius Clay officially changed his name to Muhammad Ali. A three-time World Heavyweight Champion, Ali won 56 times in his 21-year career. He was an advocate for social justice and involved in the Civil Rights Movement.


“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it — then I can achieve it.” – Muhammad Ali

In 1964, at 22, Ali won the World Heavyweight Championship from Sonny Liston. This made him the youngest heavyweight champion in history at that time.

In 1967, Ali refused to be drafted into the U.S. military, citing his religious beliefs as a member of the Nation of Islam. As a result, he was stripped of his title and banned from boxing for three years. During this time, he spoke out against the Vietnam War and racism in America.

October 26, 1970: Ali is reinstated into boxing. 

March 8, 1971: “The Fight of the Century” takes place between Ali and Joe Frazier in New York’s Madison Square Garden. This was Ali’s first defeat of his pro career. 

In 1974, Ali returned to the ring and defeated world champion George Foreman in "The Rumble in the Jungle" fight held in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo). This was one of the most important fights in boxing history and cemented Ali's status as "The Greatest" boxer ever.

In 1974, Ali regained his world heavyweight title by defeating reigning champion George Foreman in their rematch, "The Thrilla in Manila." This was another historic moment, considered one of the best fights ever.

In 1996, Ali lit the Olympic Flame at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. This was a decisive moment for him and one of his last public appearances before he died in 2016 due to complications from Parkinson's Disease.

In 2005, he helped found the Muhammad Ali Center, a nonprofit educational organization that promotes peace, social justice, and personal growth. The center has since provided programs and services to millions of people around the world.

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali

A three-time World Heavyweight Champion and Olympic gold medalist, Muhammad Ali is considered one of the greatest boxers.


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There was no doubt that Ali had a significant impact on boxing because he had tremendous speed, power, agility, charisma, and showmanship. The fact that he trash-talked his opponents and predicted the round in which he would knock them out made him both loved and hated by fans, but he was an influential figure in the sport that was unquestionable.

His stance against racism and injustice made him unpopular, but he remained true to his beliefs. Ali was also a very outspoken social activist. He spoke out against racism and injustice, and he was a strong supporter of the civil rights movement. Ali's commitment to social justice changed attitudes and improved understanding and equality.

“A man who has no imagination has no wings.” – Muhammad Ali

Aside from being one of the world's most celebrated athletes, Muhammad Ali was also one of the most controversial ones. He died on June 3, 2016, in Phoenix, Arizona, after being hospitalized for a respiratory issue. Muhammad Ali was 74 years old. He had Parkinson's disease and spinal stenosis. As a boxing legend, Ali was also a social activist and philanthropist. His legacy will live on through his foundation and the many lives he touched, and the world will forever remember him.


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“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” – Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was a true icon of the 20th century whose legacy will continue to live on in our hearts and memories forever. His historical moments, profound impact, and social activism helped shape our world today. Muhammad Ali's life is an example of what it truly means to be a champion inside and outside the boxing ring.

 Immanuel Burns Johnson is a young and dedicated social media personnel. He was born, raised and schooled in Lagos, Nigeria. His hobbies include traveling, sports, political criticism and mobile games like C.O.D.M. Apart from these; he is also interested in skydiving and aeronautics. He is skilled in web coding and has a trait of hard work. This has helped him become successful in his field at a young age.

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