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."
Comics Laud Eddie Murphy Ahead of Mark Twain Prize: "He's the Muhammad Ali of Comedy"
Hollywood Reporter, 2015-10-16 14:00:00
Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, Joe Piscopo and others on the comedian's influence and genius as he receives the prestigious humor prize at the Kennedy Center.read more
Ali, Holder, rapper Nas among 2015 DuBois Medal recipients
Yahoo Entertainment, 2015-09-28 20:23:05
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and rapper Nasir "Nas" Jones are among the 2015 recipients of Harvard's W.E.B. DuBois Medal.
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 ...
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