Heavyweight champion muhammad ali ( cassius clay) moves in with a series of amsshes to the face of challenger floyd patterson in the sixth round of their title fight at las vegas, nevada on nov 22, 1965. Heavyweight champion muhammad ali, then known as cassius clay, stands over challenger sonny liston, shouting and gesturing shortly after dropping liston with a short hard right to the jaw, may 25. Muhammad ali was born cassius marcellus clay jr, in louisville, at 6:35 pm on jan 17, 1942 his father, cassius sr, was a sign painter “with minor artistic talents and a major taste for gin. More than 50 photographs, including some lesser known images, chronicling the life of the legendary boxer, including pictures of cassius clay as a young boy, his emergence as a boxing superstar in.
Ali, then known as cassius clay, stunned the boxing world in february by upsetting seemingly invincible champion sonny liston at 22, clay was the youngest boxer to take a title from a reigning. Muhammad ali: muhammad ali, american boxer and social activist who was the first fighter to win the world heavyweight championship on three separate occasions considered by many to be the greatest heavyweight boxer ever, ali won 56 career matches to just 5 losses. Muhammad ali, original name cassius marcellus clay, jr was born on january 17, 1942, in louisville, kentucky, us he is an american professional boxer and social activist ali was the first fighter to win the world heavyweight championship on three separate occasions he successfully defended this title 19 times. Cassius marcellus clay, jr, was born on 17 january 1942, in louisville, kentucky usa to the entire world he is known as muhammad ali – he converted to islam and changed his name – one of the best boxers in history during his career he won 51 of 56 fights, winning the world heavyweight title and regaining it twice.
Muhammad ali entered the ring 61 times after turning professional in 1960 having won olympic gold in rome here’s every fight from louisville to london and munich to manila. With a career record of 55–2, an overconfident ali loses his belt to 1976 olympic champ leon spinks in a 15-round split decision spinks' reign as champ is brief, however, as ali wins back the title in a unanimous decision seven months later. Muhammad ali is an american former professional boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport's history a controversial and polarizing figure during his early career, ali is today widely regarded for the skills he displayed in the ring plus the values he exemplified outside of it: religious freedom, racial justice and the triumph of principle over expedience.
Ali had his name changed to muhammad ali by islam leader elijah muhammad while this earned him plenty of hate, it did cause martin luther king jr to state “when cassius clay joined the black muslims and started calling himself cassius x, he became a champion of racial segregation. Muhammad ali, one of the greatest boxers ever, lost 5 fights during his professional career joe frazier, ken norton, leon spinks, larry holmes and trever berbick were the guys to beat him. In 1964 cassius clay jr joined the nation of islam and changed his name to muhammad ali he was also drafted into the military due to religious believes, ali refused to serve in the military. A man named elijah muhammad gave muhammad ali’s name as he stated that his former name, being cassius marcellus clay, jr was a slave’s name muhammad meant one worthy of phrase, and ali was the name of a great general, the cousin of elijah muhammad.
Muhammad ali was born as cassius clay and began training as a boxer at 12 years old in a career that spanned almost 3 decades, ali became one of the ‘greatest’ his last fight was on december 11, 1981, with trevor berbick. Muhammad ali’s early years and amateur career cassius marcellus clay jr, the elder son of cassius marcellus clay sr (1912-1990) and odessa grady clay (1917-1994), was born on january 17, 1942. Muhammad ali was born cassius marcellus clay jr at 6:35 pm on january 17, 1942, in louisville, kentucky to cassius clay sr and odessa grady clay cassius clay sr was a muralist, but painted signs for a living.