Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was three-time world heavyweight boxing champion.

 

Timeline

  • 17 January 1942, Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) born in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • 1960, won light-heavyweight gold medal at the Rome Olympics.
  • 25 February 1964, fought, and knocked out Sonny Liston; became heavyweight champion.
  • 1964, joined Nation of Islam.
  • 1967, inducted into the military but refused to serve.
  • 8 March 1971, Ali lost to Joe Frazier.  Supreme Court ruled in favor of Ali.
  • 28 January 1974, Ali won unanimous decision over Frazier.
  • 30 October 1974, Ali knocked out George Forman in the “Rumble in the Jungle.”
  • 15 February 1978, Ali lost the heavyweight title in a split decision to Leon Spinks. Ali regained the title from Spinks seven months later.
  • 1979, Ali retired.
  • 1980, Ali lost a comeback bout to Larry Holmes.
  • 1981, Ali lost a comeback bout to Trevor Berbick.
  • 1996, Ali lit the Olympic flame in Atlanta.

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