Muhammad Ali

Biography Project for Mrs. Hemry's 8th grade Language Arts class
made by: KH 6th hour

American boxer Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr, was born on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky. Better known as Muhammad Ali, he was perhaps the most celebrated sports figure in the world during most of the 1960s and '70s.

Significant Events in History that Affected Muhammad's Life

-Muhammad like the views of the Islam religion and followed them and then later changed is name to an Islamic one.

-His stolen bike which started his boxing career.

-Racism which gave him something to fight for.

Muhammad's childhood

Muhammad Ali was a small 87 pound child who would not back down and wanted things to go his way and would do anything to keep it that way.

Unique facts

Original name- Cassius Clay

6 foot 3 inches tall

through an Olympic gold medal in the Ohio river after being refused service.

Developed Parkinsons disease due to career injuries.

Youngest boxer ever to take the title from a reigning heavyweight champion in 1965 at age 22.

Acomplishments

1974-79 world heavyweight champion.

1996- lights the Olympic torch in Atlanta.

Defeating Sonny Liston and winning the heavyweight champion title.

Beating Bob Foster in his comeback of 1972.

Learning how to box for free by staying after practice everyday and cleanning the boxing room.

why was he important

Muhammad Ali was a very important person because he was a world heavyweight champion boxer that was black when disliked the black community.

words of advice

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.

what I learned from this book

You don't have to be the biggest to be the best.

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