The boxing legend that floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee. Muhammad Ali took the sports world by storm, as the loud mouth boxer that spoke out against the Vietnam War, defending human rights at the risk of his own career.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, check out these 10 incredible facts about Muhammad Ali and find out why they call him, ‘The Greatest’.
10Nation of Islam
Muhammad Ali was given his name by the nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad. Ali was initially denied membership to the nation of Islam because they considered boxing to be a filthy profession, but what´s Ali won the World Heavyweight Championship from Sonny Liston he was quickly embraced as one of the nation´s most important members.
Ali was the first heavyweight champion to win the belt three times, and he remains only three-time Linea World Heavyweight Champion. The first time aged just 22 made him the youngest boxer ever to take the title from the reigning champion this is currently held by Mike Tyson who took the heavyweight championship belt page twenty. By the time only advertised hit 56 wins, 37 by knockout and only five losses.
His talents didn´t stop the boxing and six months before its fight with Liston the released an album with Columbia Records titled on the greatest “I´ll McGregor”. It includes spoken word and a cover Ben E King song “Stand by me”, which got 102% on the charts. He even once had his own NBC cartoon series titled The Adventures Muhammad Ali worry voice the titular character. His Hollywood Walk of Fame star is the only one installed on a wall instead at the ground as he didn´t want anyone to walk on it.
In 1964 only failed to qualify for the US Armed Forces scoring early 78 IQ test. He defended his low score “I sad that was the greatest I never said I was the smartest”.
In 1977 Muhammad Ali long-term talk to quit up three refused to heed his warning and retire from boxing to prevent for the long-term health damage. Age 35 his doctor reported that Ali´s kidneys were falling apart. Despite this Ali continue to box only four years. By the time he retired in 1981.
After returning to the gold from the 1960 Rome Olympics Ali became disillusioned with his win when he realized that despite being an Olympic champion he was still treated as a second-class citizen. The urban myth first mentioned in his 1975 autobiography.
04Rumble in the Jungle
Muhammad Ali´s greatest fights “The rumble in the Jungle” was financed by the African countries national budget. Boxing promoter Don King couldn´t afford the five million dollar fee that Muhammad Ali and his opponent George Forman requested for the fight.
In 1981 Muhammad Ali talks to 21.year-old man out to committing suicide. After being alerted to the young man nearby was threating to jump out the window the police allowed Ali into the building to talk to him.
Sylvester Stallone was inspired by Ali´s 1975 fight by with underdog Chuck Wepner. After watching at the bloody 15-round fight for the World Heavyweight title, Stallone went and wrote a script for Rocky.
In 1995 Ali was invited to North Korea at request of leader Kim Jong Il. One function in North Korea official began to brag about superiority of North Korea and how they could take out The US or Japan anytime they wanted, Ali said: “No wonder we ate these mother f…”