Muhammed Ali, 74, has been serenaded as the greatest boxer that ever lived, as a beautiful soul with gentle ways and soft voice. The adored American who changed his name and faith from Cassius Clay, a Christian, to Muhammed Ali, a Moslem, has fascinated both sports lovers and the general public immeasurably.
From Louisville, Kentucky, the man married a few times left the world with fond memories.
Here are some for your delight…
1. Muhammed Ali is one of the most recognizable persons on the face of the earth
2. In 1967, he refused being enlisted in the US Army to fight in Vietnam, and he was stripped of his WBA belt and banned from boxing
3. He was tried and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for draft evasion, and fined $10,000 ( but he never served his term)
4. His conviction was reversed by the Supreme Court, many years later
5. He won an Olympic gold medal in 1960 Games in Rome
6. In Atlanta Olympics in 1996, he helped light the torch at the stadium
7. He had 61 fights, losing 5 and winning 56
8. He was married four times, and has nine children
9. He was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush in 2005, the highest decoration for civilians
10. Muhammed Ali Centre was declared open by former President Bill Clinton in Louisville, Kentucky
11. Muhammed Ali was born at Louisville General Hospital at 6:35 pm on January 17, 1942. He was formerly known as Cassius Mercellus Clay