The Louisville Lip
Early Life, Career, Later 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' .
- 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.
- 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.