Tribute to World Boxing Legend, Muhammad Ali, 1942 – 2016
TRIBUTE TO WORLD BOXING LEGEND, MUHAMMAD ALI
Boxing legend, Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74, a family spokesman confirms.
The former world heavyweight boxing champion and one of the world’s best known sportsman, died at a hospital in the United States city of Phoenix, Arizona, after being admitted on Thursday.
He’s being admitted in the hospital was based on the fact, he was suffering from a respiratory illness, a health condition complicated by Parkinson’s disease.
The funeral will take place in Ali’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, his family said in a statement.
Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Muhammad Ali got to fame by winning light heavyweight gold at the 1960 Rome Olympics in Italy.
The American nicknamed “The Greatest” defeated Sonny Liston in 1964 to claim his first world title and became the first boxer in history to win a world heavyweight title on three different occasions.
In 1981, Muhammad Ali retired, having engaged in 61 fight and won 56 altogether.
According to the BBC, Ali had been named as the “Sports Personality of the Century” and also identified by Sports Illustrated as the “Sportsman of the Century”.
Muhammad Ali, famously became popular, for his pre and post fight talk and as well as in the boxing ring.
Ali had always loved to be remembered as a man who was passionate about his people and his boxing sport.
Part of his achievement is winning the Olympic light-heavyweight gold in 1960, turning professional that year and was world heavyweight champion from 1964-1967, 1974-1978 and 1978-1979 respectively.
He had 61 professional fights won 56, 37 of them were knockouts, which 19 were decisions. He lost 5, 4 of them were decisions and 1 retirement.
In addition to his profile, Ali stunned the boxing world by winning his first world heavyweight title at the age of 22.
Muhammad Ali was handed his first professional defeat by Joe Frazier, in the bout tagged ” Fight of the Century ” on the 8th of March, 1971 in New York, only to get back his title during an eight round knockout of George Foreman in the bout tagged “Rumble in the Jungle” in Kinshasa, Zaire, presently known as Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on the 30th of October, 1974.
Muhammad Ali challenged Joe Frazier for a third and final time in the Philippines on the 1st of October, 1975 and he won in the bout tagged the “Thrilla in Manilla” where Frazier failed to show up for the 15th and final round.
After he’s retirement, Ali was diagnosed with a health condition revealed as Parkinson’s syndrome.
Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic cauldron at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, U.S.A and carried the Olympic flag at the opening ceremony for the 2012 Games in London.
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