Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Clay on January 17th, 1942 and died June 3rd, 2016. He was 74.
Ali was arguably, the greatest heavyweight champion of all time. The day of his passing was a very sad day for boxing, fight fans and anyone who knew his work.
Ali was known for his magnificent boxing, eccentric style and insurmountable trash talk. He often boasted about being the “Greatest”and that he could “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” A quote well known around the world today.
It is hard to contest his words with an impressive record of impressive record of 56-5-0 with 31 KOs.
Legendary fights such as “Thrilla in Manila vs Joe Frazier and “Rumble in the Jungle” vs George Foreman have helped put him in legendary status.
That being said, Ali’s contribution was not limited to inside the ring. He was a philanthropist, social activist and civil rights leader. He stuck to his convictions, which is a quality I hugely admire.
Ali served a 3 year jail sentence for “draft-dodging” and was stripped of his heavyweight titles. Through all this, he maintained his right as a conscientious objector. He fought for his right to NOT fight in a war he deemed was not his.
After his retirement, Ali contributed his life to his church and charitable organizations.
As both a fighter and coach, I continue to admire his work. There is so much more that Ali has done, so I apologize if I missed anything in this blog.
Thank you Cassius Clay aka Muhammad Ali.