Remembering Muhammad Ali

Updated: June 5, 2016

  He was ‘The Greatest’, and he will forever be remembered as ‘The Greatest’. A boxing legend, and world-wide famous figure, 74 year old Muhammad Ali, passed away yesterday due to a Respiratory infection, in a Phoenix, Arizona hospital. Ali has been fighting Parkinson’s Disease since 1984- as hard as he fought in the ring. Ali was put in the hospital Thursday, and was put on life support Friday, as he passed away Saturday…

Saturday we remembered the best of Ali through his years from inside and out of the ring. Many current famous figures, and friends of Ali- spoke out about their memories of Ali and remembering the person he was…

Early into his boxing career, the young teenager Cassius Clay from Louisville, Kentucky, changed his name to ‘Muhammad Ali’ in addition to converting to the religion of Islam- as he still kept the name and religion throughout the rest of his life.  Ali started his boxing career at age 12, after a kid stole his bike- which inspired him to fight. At  age 18- he represented Team USA in the Rome Summer Olympics of 1960. At 22, he made a huge upset over World Champion Sonny Liston, in a fight where spectators predicted that the effects of him fighting such a bigger opponent can possibly cause him to get seriously hurt and in trouble.

In 1966- Ali had one of his most memorable moments, as he refused to join the United States Military, despite being drafted and it being against the law not to join if drafted. Ali was suspended from Boxing for 3 and 1/2 years and stripped of his World Champion Title. Ali refused to join because he did not believe in going out thousands of miles away- just to kill innocent people.

  Today, Ali remains the only 3 time World Champion winning in 1964, 1974 and 1978, ending with a 56-5 record, which today wouldn’t look as good- but his losses came towards the end of his career. (Just a heads-up, 10 of 10 people would choose Ali over today’s now retired, undefeated World Champion Floyd Mayweather)…

Ali’s most memorable fights came against Joe Frazier in the “Thrilla in Manilla” and vs. George Foreman in “The Rumble in the Jungle”…Since his retirement, and being diagnosed with Parkinson’s- he has been world traveling and meeting people throughout the word.One thing that will always stand out to me about Ali, is the way he talked. Ali ALWAYS followed up his words, unlike many athletes today who are unable to- and look like a fool. He also led the way for athletes to speak up about change, and freedom of speech and decision…

  We will never forget you Boxing Legend, Famous World Figure, ‘The Greatest’… Rest in Peace- Muhammad Ali.

One Comment

  1. Grandma Nancy

    June 7, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Great commentary, Cole

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