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Muhammad Ali: the life and death of a boxing legend

What are the reasons of Muhammad Ali death? How many times did he win against Sonny Liston? Read the article to learn the brightest facts about his life.

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali boxer

At the birth, he has received the name Cassius Marcellus Clay. The charismatic, frank athlete, called great, Muhammad Ali was one of the most outstanding boxers in the heavy weight of 1960-1970 years. The athlete with an extraordinary speed, cunning, intuition has won a world rank of the champion three times in 15 years. Cassius has earned a gold medal on the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960. After receiving the first rank of the champion as a result of fight with Sonny Liston in 1964, Clay has accepted Islam and changed a name on Muhammad Ali. Referring to Muslim belief, Ali has evaded from service in army of the USA during war with Vietnam. His rank has been cancelled, and the athlete was condemned for 5 years for evasion from military duties. For this time, the athlete was forbidden to practice boxing. However, in 1971 the U.S. Supreme Court has cancelled a sentence.

Muhammad Ali boxer

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Ali competed with Joe Freezer for long time. He is a boxer of heavy weight category. Ali has lost the first duel with him in 1971. But the following two in 1974 and in 1975 Muhammad has won.

In 1974, Ali and George Forman’s well-known fight called ‘Roar in the Jungle’ took place. Muhammad Ali has left big sport in 1981. However, for decades since then he remains one of the most famous athletes.

Muhammad Ali facts

Muhammad Ali facts

After Ali's withdrawal from boxing, the athlete was struck with Parkinson's illness. As a result of it, his movements became slowed down, hands shivered, and the most great athlete almost couldn't speak on public. In 1996, Ali was chosen for carrying of a torch at the summer Olympic Games in Atlanta so Muhammad has been spotted on public again.

In 1990, Ali was elected to the National Boxing Hall of Fame. He has won three titles, including against Sonny Liston (1964), George Forman (1974), and Leon Spinks (1978). Ali has also won a gold medal on boxing at the Olympic Games of 1960.

Muhammad Ali death

Muhammad Ali death

On June 2, 2016, Muhammad Ali was hospitalized in one of Arizonian clinics (the city of Phoenix) in serious condition. He had trouble with breathing. Parkinson's illness had an effect, and it became impossible to stop it with drugs over years. Doctors fought for life of the great boxer, but couldn't win against death – on June 3 he has died. Muhammad Ali was just 74.

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