Muhammad Ali

  • Celebrity
  • Birth Name: Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.
  • Birth Place: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
  • Died: June 3, 2016
  • Profession: Boxer, Activist

Fast Facts

  • Converted to Islam in 1963 and was given the name Muhammad Ali (which means Beloved of Allah) by Elijah Muhammad.
  • As an amateur, won six Kentucky Golden Gloves titles, two National Golden Gloves titles and the Olympic gold medal for boxing in the light heavyweight division.
  • As a pro, won the World Heavyweight Championship three times (the only boxer in history to do so) and compiled a record of 56 wins and 5 losses, with 37 knockouts.
  • In 1967, refused to serve in the Vietnam War and was stripped of his title, barred from the ring and sentenced to five years in prison. Three and a half years later, the Supreme Court overturned his conviction and he resumed his boxing career.
  • Was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in the early 1980s.
  • Memorably lit the Olympic cauldron at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
  • Was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002, but after he requested his name not be walked on, the star was mounted to a vertical surface. 
  • Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

Awards

  • 2002, Critics' Choice Awards — Freedom Award: Winner

Relationships

  • Laila Ali — Daughter
  • Maryum — Daughter
  • Jamilla — Daughter
  • Muhammad Ali Jr. — Son
  • Hana — Daughter
  • Asaad — Son
  • Yolanda 'Lonnie' Williams — Wife
  • Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr. — Father
  • Miya Ali — Daughter
  • Sonja Roi — Ex-wife
  • Belinda Boyd — Ex-wife
  • Khalilah — Daughter
  • Rasheda Ali — Daughter
  • Odessa Grady Clay — Mother
  • Veronica Porche — Ex-wife

Details

  • Birth Name: Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.
  • Birth Place: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
  • Died: June 3, 2016
  • Profession: Boxer, Activist

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