Born: January 17, 1942 Total Bouts: 61 Won: 56 Lost: 5 Drew: 0 KOs: 37 Induction: 1990
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THE SELF-proclaimed “Greatest of All Time” Ali had a pretty good idea of what he was talking about. He became the first man to win the heavyweight title three times and revolutionized the sport by introducing a style that went against many of the game’s sacred teachings.
As Cassius Clay, he won a light heavyweight gold medal at the 1960 Olympics and began his ascent to the heavyweight crown. On the way up he beat Billy Daniels, Archie Moore, Doug Jones and Henry Cooper.
In 1964, he challenged the seemingly indomitable Sonny Liston for the heavyweight title. A significant underdog, Clay indeed “Shocked the World” by forcing Liston to retire on his stool after the sixth round. After the fight Clay announced that he accepted the teachings of Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali.
Ali was both arrogant and charismatic and generated a wide range of emotions from those who loved him and hated him. He often predicted the round in which he would win and wrote poetry describing how he would defeat opponents. So talented and so fast was Ali, that he was able to box while holding his left hand by his side and often pulled straight back to avoid punches, two of the game’s cardinal sins.
Nonetheless, he employed the best jab in boxing and had hand speed comparable to a welterweight.
Then in 1967, Ali, citing his religous beliefs, refused induction into the U.S. Army. He was arrested, had his boxing license suspended and stripped of the heavyweight title. He was inactive from March 22, 1967 to October 26, 1970, which many feel were his peak years. With Ali gone, Joe Frazier tore through the division and earned the title of heavyweight champion. Ali returned in 1970 with wins over Jerry Quarry and Oscar Bonavena, setting up a showdown between Ali and Frazier. Both men were unbeaten and while Frazier earned his heavyweight title in the ring, Ali proclaimed himself the peoples’ champion and that Frazier must beat him to become undisptuted king of the division. He did just that. In what is still called “The Fight of the Century,” Frazier dropped Ali in the 15th round and won a unanimous decision.
Ali regained the heavyweight crown in 1974 much the way he initially captured the title, by slaying a giant. George Foreman was considered invincible and the 32-year-old Ali was given little chance to beat him. The fight was held in Kinsasha, Zaire and Ali employed the now famous Rope-A-Dope to tire Foreman out before stopping him in the eighth round. Ali successfully defended the title against a host of contenders, including the final fights of his trilogies with Frazier and Ken Norton.
Finally, in 1978, Olympic gold medalist Leon Spinks, participating in just his eighth pro fight, upset Ali to win the title. However, Ali made history six months later when he defeated Spinks in a rematch to capture the crown a third time.
Far past his prime, Ali had two more fights and both ended in defeat. He was stopped in 1980 by Larry Holmes, a former sparring partner and then the WBC heavyweight champion,and lost a 10-round decision to future champ Trevor Berbick in 1981.
“Cassius Marcellus Clay“ Muhammad Ali The Louisville Lip The Greatest (Heavyweight) Born in Louisville Kentucky Jan-17-1942 United States 1,90 m / 6 ft. 3 in. Record: Amateur 105 FIGHTS 100 WON+ 5 LOSS- 1959: Golden Gloves Lightheavyweight: + Tony Madigan points 1959: United States Lightheavyweight 1960: United States Lightheavyweight 1960: Golden Gloves Heavyweight Olympic Games Roma Lightheavyweight: 1° + Yves Because (Bel) kot 2 + Guennadi Shatkov (URS) points + Tony Madigan (Aus) points + Zbigniew Pietrzykowski (Pol) points Professional 61 FIGHTS 56 WON+ (37 KO) 5 LOSS- 1964-1967: World Heavyweight 1971: North America Heavyweight 1974-1978: World Heavyweight 1978-1979: W.B.A. Heavyweight Squaring up: Lennox with Muhammad Ali. Lennox stated to James Lawton of the Toronto Star on March 7, 1999: “Muhammad Ali said it, and I know he is right now. He said the longer you go, the harder it is to go to camp. It is the hardest thing of all – much harder than going into ring. But the more you want something, the more you are ready to sacrifice.” Heavyweight History Index 1960: won + (Oct-29-1960, Louisville) Tunney Hunsaker 6 won + (Dec-27-1960, Miami Beach) Herb Siler ko 4 1961: won + (Jan-17-1961, Miami Beach ) Tony Esperti kot 3 won + (Feb-7-1961, Miami Beach) Jim Robinson kot 1 won + (Feb-21-1961, Miami Beach) Donnie Fleeman kot 7 won + (Apr-19-1961, Louisville) Lamar Clark ko 2 won + (Jun-26-1961, Las Vegas) Duke Sabedong 10 won + (Jul-22-1961, Louisville) Alonso Johnson 10 won + (Oct-7-1961, Louisville) Alex Miteff kot 6 won + (Nov-29-1961, Louisville) Willie Besmanoff kot 7 1962: won + (Feb-10-1962, New York) Sonny Banks kot 4 won + (Feb-28-1962, Miami Beach) Don Warner kot 4 won + (Apr-23-1962, Los Angeles) George Logan kot 4 won + (May-19-1962, New York) Billy Daniels kot 7 won + (Jul-20-1962, Los Angeles) Alejandro Lavorante ko 5 won + (Nov-15-1962, Los Angeles) Archie Moore kot 4 1963: won + (Jan-24-1963, Pittsburgh) Charlie Powell ko 3 won + (Mar-13-1963, New York) Doug Jones 10 won + (Jun-18-1963, London) Henry Cooper injury 5 1964: won + (Feb-25-1964, Miami Beach) Sonny Liston retiring 7 (World, Heavyweight) 1965: The W.B.A. withdrawls recognition of Clay as champion because he signs a rematch with Liston. + (May-25-1965, Lewiston) Sonny Liston ko 1 (N.Y.S.C., Heavyweight) + (Nov-22-1965, Las Vegas) Floyd Patterson kot 12 (N.Y.S.C., Heavyweight 1966: won + (Mar-29-1966, Toronto) George Chuvalo 15 (N.Y.S.C., Heavyweight) won + (May-21-1966, London) Henry Cooper injury 6 (N.Y.S.C., Heavyweight) won + (Aug-6-1966, London) Brian London ko 3 (N.Y.S.C., Heavyweight) won + (Sep-10-1966, Francfort) Karl Mildenberger kot 12 (N.Y.S.C., Heavyweight) won + (Nov-14-1966, Houston) Cleveland Williams kot 3 (N.Y.S.C., Heavyweight) 1967: won + (Feb-6-1967, Houston) Ernie Terrell 15 (World, Heavyweight) won + (Mar-22-1967, New York) Zora Folley kot 7 (World, Heavyweight) 28.4.1967: Clay refuses induction into the U.S. Army … he is indicted by a federal grand jury in Houston of draft evasion‚ and stripped of the Heavyweight Title by the Boxing Organisations. 1968/69: inactive 1970: won + (Oct-26-1970, Atlanta) Jerry Quarry injury 3 won + (Dec-7-1970, New York) Oscar Bonavena kot 15 1971: loss- (Mar-8-1971, New York) Joe Frazier 15 (World, Heavyweight) won + (Jul-26-1971, Houston) Jimmy Ellis kot 12 (North America, Heavyweight) won + (Nov-17-1971, Houston) Buster Mathis 12 won + (Dec-26-1971, Zurich) Juergen Blin ko 7 1972: won + (Apr-1-1972, Tokyo) Mc Foster 15 won + (May-1-1972, Vancouver) George Chuvalo 12 won + (Jun-27-1972, Las Vegas) Jerry Quarry kot 7 won + (Jul-19-1972, Dublin) Al Blue Lewis kot 11 won + (Sep-20-1972, New York) Floyd Patterson injury 7 won + (Nov-21-1972, Lake Tahoe) Bob Foster ko 8 1973: won + (Feb-14-1973, Las Vegas) Joe Bugner 12 loss- (Mar-31-1973, San Diego) Ken Norton 12 won + (Sep-10-1973, Inglewood) Ken Norton 12 won + (Oct-20-1973, Djakarta) Rudi Lubbers 12 1974: won + (Jan-28-1974, New York) Joe Frazier 12 won + (Oct-30-1974, Kinshasa) George Foreman ko 8 (World, Heavyweight) 1975: won + (Mar-24-1975, Cleveland) Chuck Wepner kot 15 (World, Heavyweight) won + (May-16-1975, Las Vegas) Ron Lyle kot 11 (World, Heavyweight) won + (Jun-30-1975, Kuala Lumpur) Joe Bugner 15 (World, Heavyweight) won + (Sep-30-1975, Manille) Joe Frazier retiring 15 (World, Heavyweight) 1976: won + (Feb-20-1976, San Juan) Jean-Pierre Coopman ko 5 (World, Heavyweight) won + (Apr-30-1976, Landover) Jimmy Young 15 (World, Heavyweight) won + (May-24-1976, Munich) Richard Dunn kot 5 (World, Heavyweight) won + (Sep-28-1976, New York) Ken Norton 15 (World, Heavyweight) 1977: won + (May-16-1977, Landover) Alfredo Evangelista 15 (World, Heavyweight) won + (Sep-29-1977, New York) Earnie Shavers 15 (World, Heavyweight) 1978: loss- (Feb-15-1978, Las Vegas) Leon Spinks 15 (World, Heavyweight) won + (Sep-15-1978, Nouvelle-Orleans) Leon Spinks 15 (W.B.A., Heavyweight) 1979: inactive – 27.6.1979: Clay announces his retirement. 1980: loss- (Oct-2-1980, Las Vegas) Larry Holmes retiring 11 (W.B.C., Heavyweight) 1981: loss- (Dec-11-1981, Nassau) Trevor Berbick 10