Ali in 1967
Muhammad Ali is a retired American boxer and three-time World Heavyweight Champion. As an amateur, he won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. As a professional, he became the first person to win the lineal heavyweight championship three times.
In 1964, Ali changed his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali after joining the Nation of Islam. Ali was well known for his fighting style, which he described as "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee".
Muhammad Ali defeated almost every top heavyweight in his era, including Joe Frazier and George Forman, which has been called the golden age of heavyweight boxing. Ali was named "Fighter of the Year" by Ring Magazine more times than any other fighter, and was involved in more Ring Magazine "Fight of the Year" bouts than any other fighter. He is an inductee into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and holds wins over seven other Hall of Fame inductees. In In 1999, Ali was crowned "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC and was one of only three boxers to be named "Sportsman of the Year" by Sports Illustrated.
Muhammad Ali's star on the Walk of Fame was awarded for his living his life as live theatre. His star is the only star on the Walk of Fame which is not on the sidewalk; rather, it is on the wall of the Kodak Theatre to honor his request that he "did not want to be walked on."
Variety, 2017-01-17 19:54:24
Director Michael Mann discusses the hole left by a selfless legend like Muhammad Ali and his latest cut of 2001 biopic "Ali."
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NY Times Music, 2016-12-30 20:59:14
The deaths of David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen drew considerable attention in a year that also claimed Muhammad Ali and Fidel Castro.
Debbie Reynolds Joins So Many Others… Here Are The Stars We Lost In 2016
Perez Hilton Gossip, 2016-12-29 16:19:13
We are so devastated. On Tuesday, we lost the great Carrie Fisher, and just a day later we had to say goodbye to her mother, the legendary Debbie Reynolds. Throughout 2016, we've lost so many beloved stars — David Bowie, Prince, Muhammad Ali, George Michael — and now Debbie. We ...
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