Muhammad Ali Remembered

The world lost a legend on June 3, 2016. The former world heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali, died at the age of 74.

His Life

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr on January 17, 1942 Ali is known as "The Greatest," as he himself proclaimed. Muhammad Ali won his first world heavyweight championship against Sonny Liston in 1964 at the age of 22. He then proceeded to win the championship again in 1974 and 1978 making him a three-time lineal world heavyweight champion.

Besides being known for his boxing career, Ali has been an inspiring and controversial figure as well. In 1966, Ali refused to be inducted into the military during the Vietnam War citing his religious beliefs and opposition to the War.

My conscience won't let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, some poor, hungry people in the mud, for big powerful America, and shoot them for what?

- Muhammad Ali

Remembering the Legend

I recommend the documentary Muhammad Ali The Greatest by the director William Klein. The film was shot over two periods, the first leading up to his two mid-1960s bouts with Sonny Liston, and the other focusing on his 1974 bout with George Foreman.

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Here is the trailer for Muhammad Ali The Greatest to pique your interest.


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