Muhammad 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.”
Ali concert to mark 40 years since Foreman fight
Yahoo Entertainment, 2014-06-10 16:34:33
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Muhammad Ali is renewing his ties with the African country where he won his epic "Rumble in the Jungle" fight against George Foreman 40 years ago.
Actor Doug Hale Dies at 73
Variety, 2014-05-14 22:33:22
Paul Douglas (Doug) Hale, an actor who appeared in films including Michael Mann’s “Ali” as well on TV and onstage, died at his home in Woodland Hills, Calif., on April 25, following a brief illness. He was 73. In addition to director Mann’s Muhammad Ali biopic, Hale appeared in films ...
Dinner With Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Joe Torre Raises $1M for Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night
Variety, 2014-04-13 16:42:26
“I had to show my voter registration and passport to get in here,” joked Robert De Niro as he accepted the 2014 Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Award on April 12 in Phoenix. “And to get a drink at the bar, I had to prove I was not gay. Which ...
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