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."
Ken Burns to tackle 'The Greatest' Muhammad Ali in new documentary
LA Times Entertainme, 2017-03-30 17:05:00
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Muhammad Ali to be subject of new Ken Burns documentary
LA Times Entertainme, 2017-03-29 19:50:00
Filmmaker Ken Burns will be one of the producers and directors of a new documentary on legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, scheduled to air in 2021 on PBS. Burns, along with his daughter Sarah Burns and her husband, David McMahon, began production on the two-part, four-hour documentary for PBS and Florentine...
Variety, 2017-03-29 15:36:59
Ken Burns is producing a four-hour PBS documentary on Muhammad Ali that is targeting a 2021 premiere. The filmmaker said Wednesday has been working on the project since early 2016 with Sarah Burns and David McMahon. The same trio collaborated on 2013’s “The Central Park Five” and 2016’s “Jackie Robinson.” ...
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