Muhammad Ali

17 janvier, 1942 - 3 juin, 2016

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


Muhammad Ali, the world's greatest boxer, sportsman and orator passed away on June 3rd, 2016 at the age of 74. Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. in Louisville Kentucky, Clay grew up with a love of boxing and would go one to become one of the most decorated boxers in history and helped change the course of American race relations in the process.

Clay was a feisty child who was quick to anger. He found his way to amateur boxing after police officer Joe E. Martin convinced an angry Clay to try his hand at the sport. In 1954, at the age of 12, Clay began his amateur career, winning six Kentucky Golden Gloves titles, two national Golden Gloves titles, an Amateur Athletic Union national title, and the Light Heavyweight gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Impressive for someone so young.

Clay professional career (1960) started with a few bumps and missteps. Clay would be knocked out, criticized for his plain speak and awarded disputed victories. Yet these early problems also helped Clay create a name for himself. Clay's first big fight against Sonny Liston was a knockout victory for the young fighter. Liston, whom Clay called a "big ugly bear" before the match was no match for the speed and intensity of Clay. Clay quipped to the media about Liston: "After I beat him I'm going to donate him to the zoo." Clay was blacklisted from professional boxing for 4 years for refusing to fight in the Vietnam war. Clay was an active resistor who would speak at college campuses and public rallies. Known for his fast-talking and light-step, Clay would go on to defeat some of the biggest names in boxing, retaining his heavyweight championship for years to come.

Clay's personal life was as interesting as his ringside personae. Clay grew up with four brothers and a sister and was very close to his family. Ali was married four times and had seven daughters and two sons. Many of Clay's marriages ended as quickly as they began. At the time of his death Clay had been married to Yolanda ("Lonnie") Williams since 1986. Clay courted the Nation of Islam (NOI) early in his career and converted in 1964, being renamed Muhammad Ali by the NOI spiritual leader Elijah Muhammad. Always interested in Islam and spirituality, Clay converted to Sunni Islam in 1975 and then Sufism later in life.

Clay's health began declining several years ago with shorts stints in and out of hospital. On June 2nd, 2016 he was admitted to a Scottsdale hospital with respiratory problems. His conditions worsened and by the end of the next day, Clay was declared dead.

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Nom Muhammad Ali
Date de naissance 17 janvier, 1942
Date de décès 3 juin, 2016
Ville natale Louisville, KY, US 
Autre ville Scottsdale, AZ, US 
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Faits marquants

1942 Born to parents Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr. and Odessa O'Grady Clay
1954 Debut amateur boxing fight
1960 Light Heavyweight gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome
1960 Professional debut
1964 Wins first major fight against Sonny Liston
1964 Youngest boxer to take the title from a reigning heavyweight champion
1964 Changes name to Muhammad Ali
1964 Converts to Nation of Islam
1967 Exiled from boxing for refusing to be drafted in the war
1967 Ali married Belinda Boyd
1970 Exile is lifted and Ali can fight again
1977 Ali married Veronica Porsche Ali
1984 Diagnosed with Parkinson's syndrome
1986 Ali married Yolanda ("Lonnie") Williams
1996 Lighting the flame at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta
2002 Becomes U.N. Messenger of Peace in Afganistan


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I remember watching you fight when I was growing up. You inspired me so much. RIP...

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