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."
Urbanworld Film Festival to Open with Muhammad Ali, Close with Misty Copeland
Variety, 2015-08-27 16:00:21
The 2015 Urbanworld Film Festival will open with BET biography “Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ” and close with “A Ballerina’s Tale,” the documentary that centers on American Ballet Theater principal dancer Misty Copeland. The two films are part of a full slate of more than 80 films, including shorts, that ...
Christopher Lee dies: Six of his sinister villain roles
LA Times Entertainme, 2015-06-11 19:15:00
Christopher Lee, the courtly British actor who died at age 93 this week, was a prolific performer who made more than 275 movies during a screen career stretching back to the 1940s. And while he played such diverse characters as Sherlock Holmes, Georges Seurat and Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Lee will ...
AP Was There: Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston heavyweight rematch
Yahoo Entertainment, 2015-05-24 14:59:10
EDITOR'S NOTE: On May 25, 1965, Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston in the first round of a heavyweight bout that produced one of the strangest finishes in boxing history as well as one of sports' most iconic moments — photos of Ali hovering over Liston on the canvas, shouting at ...
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