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  • Category: Live theatre
  • Unveiled: 11 Jan 2002
  • Star rank: 664
  • Address:
    6805 Hollywood Blvd
  • Position: 13 tiles from the curb, facing east
  • GPS location:
    34.101734, -118.340055
  • Notes: On a wall of the Kodak Theatre, due to Ali's request that he not be walked on

Muhammad Ali

Next star: Robert Duvall
Previous star: Forest Whitaker

Biography

Muhammad Ali in 1967

Source: theage.com.au

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.”

Fact file

  • Name: Muhammad Ali
  • Birth name: Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.
  • Nickname: The Greatest, The Champ,

    The Louisville Lip
  • Height: 1.91m (6ft 3in)
  • Reach: 2 M
  • Weight division: Heavyweight
  • Nationality: United States
  • Birth date: January 17, 1942 ( 1942-01-17) (age67)
  • Birth place: Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Total fights: 61
  • Wins: 56
  • Wins by KO: 37
  • Losses: 5
  • Draws: 0
  • No contests: 0
  • Gold 1960 Rome Light heavyweight

  • Read more about Muhammad Ali at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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