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.”
AP Was There: Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston heavyweight rematch
Yahoo Entertainment, 2015-05-24 14:59:10
EDITOR'S NOTE: On May 25, 1965, Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston in the first round of a heavyweight bout that produced one of the strangest finishes in boxing history as well as one of sports' most iconic moments — photos of Ali hovering over Liston on the canvas, shouting at ...
Hans Zimmer on scoring TV boxing show; playing with Pharrell
Yahoo Entertainment, 2015-03-06 18:59:35
NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer is known for powerful scores for such films as "Inception," ''Gladiator" and "The Dark Night." Now he's hoping to knock people out with music for the small screen.
Albert Maysles, Legendary Documentarian, Dies at 88
Variety, 2015-03-06 18:10:16
Albert Maysles, the documentary filmmaker and cinematographer behind “Grey Gardens,” a look at the bizarre lives of two sisters; Rolling Stones film “Gimme Shelter”; cinema verite classic “Salesman”; and Muhammad Ali docu “When We Were Kings” died Thursday of natural causes. He was 88. Maysles had most recently been working ...
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