An American professional boxer Ali Muhammad and also known as World’s Heavy Weight Boxing Champion, who was once known as best of all known champion died in the hospital of US City Phoenix, Arizona on June 3rd, 2016 who was born on January 17th, 1942. He was admitted in hospital on Thursday after that he died. As he was suffering from a Respiratory disease which got complicated with another disease called Parkinson’s disease.
Muhammad Ali’s funeral will take place at his home town that is Louisville, Kentucky. This is confirmed by his family member in a statement. On the death of this legend world is paying tribute :-
In the words of Nick Bryant:- “How Ali changed his sport and his country”.
In the words of foreman:- “One of the greatest human beings” .
Muhammad Ali earned fame by winning light-heavyweight gold at the 1960 Rome Olympics. His birth name was Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. which became legend of boxing later. He was nicknamed as “The Greatest“. He had beaten Sonny Liston in a match in 1964 and became the first boxer to win heavy-weight title on three different occasion. This was the first time to win the world title for him. He got retired in 1981. He won 56 out of 61 fights which is a great no to win. He was crowned as “the sportsman of the country” by sports Illustrated and by BBC he was named as “Sports Personality of the Country“. He was famous for his pre-fight talks and post-fight talks and also about his bold fight predictions just as he was known for his skills in the ring.
Ali wrote many best selling books about his career, The Greatest- My Own Story and The soul of The Butterfly. When Ali was asked about how he should be remembered on this he once said ” As a man who never sold out his people and if that’s very much then just as a good boxer. I won’t mind if you doesn’t mention how pretty I was”.
Once British champion Henry Cooper tried to defeat him but Ali picked up himself and defeated Henry Cooper. After this fight Cooper retired after he got cut over his left eye from Ali.
Ali remain World heavy-weight boxing champion from 1964 to 1967, 1974 to 1978 and from 1978 to 1979. He had 61 professional bouts by winning 56 matches out of 61 and loosing 5 in which 1 was due to retirement. When he won World Heavy-weight Boxing Champion he was only 22.