Muhammad Ali

The Louisville Lip

Early Life, Career, Later Life.

Early Life:
  • Birth Name- Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.

  • Birthday- January 17,1942

  • He was first directed toward boxing by louisville police officer and boxing coach Joe. E. Martin, who encountered him when he was 12, fuming mad because someone stole his bike.


  • Made his professional debut on October 29, 1960. He was a round decision over Tunney Hunsaker.

  • His record was 19-0 with 15 wins by knockout!

  • By late 1963 Clay had become top contender for Sonny Liston's title.
  • The outcome of the fight was one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.

  • When he won, clay became the youngest boxer (22 years old.)

  • He changed his name to Muhammad Ali because he converted to Islam and his original was considered a 'Slave Name'

Later Life:

  • He was diagnosed with Parkinson's Syndrome in 1984, this disease is commonly caused from head trauma.

  • In 1996, he had the honor of lighting the flame at the summer olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • On Julia 27,2012 he was a titular Barer of the of the Olympic flag of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Other Info:

  • He finally retired from boxing at age 39 in 1981 and his final record was 56-5.

  • Muhammad Ali got his license suspended and was not boxing for three and a half years.
  • He was elected to be the sports man of the year in 1972.

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