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.”
ArtsBeat: Ali, Tyson and Captain Kirk: Coil Festival Announces Lineup
NY Times Theater, 2013-11-04 19:37:17
Among the offerings of the Coil Festival in January will be an imagined match between Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson, and a video remix of Captain Kirk’s observations from the original “Star Trek” television series.
Fred Ho and the ‘Sweet Science Suite’
NY Times Music, 2013-10-10 23:15:43
As he fights cancer, Fred Ho prepares a new musical work about the Muhammad Ali.
TV review: 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight' stays out of the ring
LA Times Entertainme, 2013-10-05 13:30:00
'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight' on HBO focuses on the fighter's Supreme Court case after he refused to take part in Vietnam War.The title of Stephen Frears' new docudrama, which debuts on HBO on Saturday, is obviously provocative: "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight." It could refer to many things — his bouts ...
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