Muhammad Ali – Boxer
BIRTHDAY : January 17, 1942
BIRTHPLACE : Kentucky
AGE : 72 years old
Muhammad Ali born as Cassius Clay, he is an American former professionalboxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport’s history. He became a famous boxing icon as well as a peace activist and a philanthropist. He was known as “The Greatest,” recording 56 career wins, 37 of which by knockout, in his 61 professional bouts.
Before fame In 1960, he won the gold medal for the Light Heavyweight class at the Summer Olympic Games in Rome. His boxing style was described as fast, strong, and graceful and he developed a personal slogan that became famous, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”
He is one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years, crowned “Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and”Sports Personality of the Century” by the BBC. At the age of 22 he won the world heavyweight championship in 1964 from Sonny Liston in a stunning upset. Shortly after that bout, Ali joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name. He converted to Sunni Islam in 1975.
In 1964 he married his first wife, a waitress named Sonji Roi, one month after meeting her. She had problems with the religious dress code for women, and they divorced in 1966. He was then married to Belinda Boyd from 1967 to 1977 and Veronica Porsche Ali from 1977 to 1986 before marrying Yolanda Williams in 1986. He has a total of nine children and his youngest daughter Laila had a celebrated boxing career with a career record of 24-0 with 21 wins by KO.
He developed a close friendship with sports reporter Howard Cosell during his boxing career.