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Muhammad Ali: The Mouth and The Punch
3 Time Heavyweight Champion of The World
Float Like A Butterfly-Sting Like A Bee
Muhammad Ali, who was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1942 was born Cassius Clay but, later changed his name because of his religious views. Ali won the gold medal in the 1960 Olympics in Rome and from there, he set out to rule the pugilistic world and succeeded. He was an 8-1 underdog when he battered Sonny Liston for an easy 7th round T.K.O. Then he proceeded to defend it eleven times including wins over Sonny Liston, and again, Henry Cooper, Cleveland Williams, Floyd Patterson and Zora Folley. He lost for the first time in his career when he lost a close fifteen round war against Joe Frazier. He went on to beat Frazier twice and knockout George Foreman in eight rounds to regain his heavyweight title. Ali had skills, reflexes and speed. His chin and heart are second to none. To me, Ali is the top heavyweight in history with Joe Louis a close second. Ali went on to lose the belt to Leon Spinks only to win a decisive rematch and become the first ever three time heavyweight champion of the world. One thing that separated Muhammad Ali from the rest, was his charisma and his moral stance on the war. Those two things entwined together, to go with his talents, made him the most famous boxer in history and one of the most famous athletes in sports history, period. He ran his mouth before, during and after bouts but, he also took a stand when it came down to it outside the ring as well. Ali refused to fight in the war in Vietnam, which cost him three years of his boxing life for his stand. Ali is a true Humanitarian and devout Muslim who has helped and continues to help those in need. Ali could be very funny as the Louisville Lip or he could be downright cold with his words like in his fight against Ernie Terrell. Terrell called Ali his birth name Cassius Clay even after Ali said he no longer wanted to be called by that name. Ali punished Terrell for fifteen brutal rounds, while yelling "what's my name" the entire time. Ali was skilled, funny, serious and more mainstream than Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan. Ali was known to predict the rounds his opponents would tumble and he wrote poems for a few of his fights. Ali commanded attention with his Sugar Ray Robinson flash inside the ring and his out of this world personality outside of it.
Generations of people will pass away and new ones will emerge and throughout history Ali will still be famous for his ring fights, war stance, personality, beliefs and much, much more.
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Ali's Top Five Victories
1. Ali wins by 8th round T.K.O. over Sonny Liston for the heavyweight title in 1964. Ali dominated the bout with his speed and amazing reflexes. Ali (Cassius Clay) was a 7-1 underdog but he did not look like it as he used superior footwork, reflexes and hand speed to embarrass the champion. Ali fought a rematch against Liston and won by 1st round knockout.
2. Ali wins by 8th round Knockout over George Foreman to win his second heavyweight title in 1974. Ali held his own while making Big George punch himself out and then he floored Foreman for the full count in the 8th. Foreman was a big favorite and undefeated but Ali used his skills and experience along with mind games to put Foreman down and out in Africa.
3. Ali wins by 14th round T.K.O.over Joe Frazier in 1975 to defend his heavyweight crown with his second win over Smokin Joe. This bout featured many ebbs and flows until Ali closed Frazier's eyes and swoll his face up. Ali took the early rounds but Frazier never stopped attacking to the body and head which allowed him to win many of the middle rounds. Like a true champion, Ali came on strong down the stretch to earn a T.K.O. victory.
4. Ali wins by 15 round decision over Leon Spinks to gain revenge and win his heavyweight Championship for a third time. After losing a close fight to novice Spinks Ali wins the rematch handily and honestly easily. Jabs and right hands including lead rights kept Spinks confused all night.
5. Ali wins a 12 round decision over Ken Norton in 1973 to gain revenge for an earlier defeat. Ali has to grit it out to win a close one. The bout was pretty even going into the 11th and Ali took the final two rounds to get the first of two victories over a prime Kenny Norton. Norton always caused trouble for Ali in all three bouts.
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