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The Great Muhammad Ali By Akhil D, 4th Grade, Long Island, NY

Updated: Jan 22, 2020

Early Life

Muhammad Ali was born as Cassius Clay Jr on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky the first of Cassius Clay Sr and Odessa Grady Clay two sons. His father was a sign painter who also loved to act, sing, and dance. His mother worked as a cleaning lady when money was tight.

Why He Started Boxing

Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Clay) initially started boxing because someone stole his bike at 12 years old. A boxing trainer named Joe E. Martin ran into the frustrated Ali, who said he wanted to fight the thief. Martin encouraged him to start boxing first, which Ali did, starting his amateur career soon after the event.

Famous Quotes By Muhammad Ali

“Fly like a butterfly sting like a bee”

“Don’t count the days make the days count”

“I hated every minute of training, but I said don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life a champion”

Muhammad Ali’s First Professional Match

On February 25, 1964 Muhammad Ali got his first title shot at the reigning champion Sonny Liston everyone thought that Muhammad Ali would lose but everyone was awestruck when they heard the news that Muhammad Ali had won.

When did He Die?

Muhammad Ali was 74 years old, when he died on June 3rd 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona. He died of septic shock.

How old was Muhammad Ali when he stopped boxing?

Muhammad Ali ended his amazing career with 56 wins and 5 losses at the early age of 39.

Thank you

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