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Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.; January 17, 1942) is a former American boxer and three-time World Heavyweight Champion, who is widely considered one of the greatest heavyweight championship boxers. As an amateur, he won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. After turning professional, he went on to become the first boxer to win the lineal heavyweight championship three times. Originally known as Cassius Clay, Ali changed his name after joining the Nation of Islam in 1964, subsequently converting to Sunni Islam in 1975 and more recently to Sufism. In 1967, Ali refused to be conscripted into the U.S. military, based on his religious beliefs and opposition to the Vietnam War. He was arrested and found guilty on draft evasion charges, stripped of his boxing title, and his boxing license was suspended. He was not imprisoned, but did not fight again for nearly four years while his appeal worked its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it was successful. Nicknamed "The Greatest", Ali was involved in several historic boxing matches. Notable among these are three with rival Joe Frazier and one with George Foreman, whom he beat by knockout to win the world heavyweight title for the second time. He suffered only five losses (four decisions and one TKO by retirement from the bout) with no draws in his career, while amassing 56 wins (37 knockouts and 19 decisions).

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Muhammad Ali -- HUGE BASKETBALL FAN ... Rooting for Kentucky

Muhammad Ali
HUGE BASKETBALL FAN ... Rooting for Kentucky

The University of Kentucky has a huge fan pulling for them in tonight's NCAA Championship Game -- Muhammad Ali ... who, it turns out, is a HUUUGE basketball fan ... TMZ Sports has learned. READ MORE >

Ken Norton Dead -- Ex-Heavyweight Boxing Champ Dies at 70

Ken Norton
Ex-Heavyweight Boxing Champ Dies at 70

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Muhammad Ali -- 'The Greatest' Arrives in London for Olympics

Muhammad Ali
The Greatest Arrives in London for Olympics

Muhammad Ali ... the GREATEST of All Time ... has arrived in London for the 2012 Summer Games ... 52 years after winning his own gold medal.  Ali was spotted leaving his hotel Tuesday with… READ MORE >

- 634 days ago
Muhammad Ali Sues -- My Old Kentucky Home ... SUCKS!

Muhammad Ali Sues
My Old Kentucky Home ... SUCKS!

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- 921 days ago
Chubby Checker: Muhammad Ali Is a Legend ... Because of ME!

Chubby Checker
Muhammad Ali Is a Legend ... Because of ME!

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- 928 days ago
Laila Ali: Keep My Daddy Out of Your Divorce!

Laila Ali:
Keep My Daddy Out of Your Divorce!

Laila Ali is fighting her husband's ex-wife, who now wants to drag Muhammad Ali into her child support battle.Laila's hubby, former NFL star Curtis Conway, has been embroiled in a financial battle… READ MORE >

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