One of the greatest boxers, if not the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali unfortunately passed away last week, June 3, 2016. He was a major inspiration to many people all around the world, whether it be inside the ring or on the outside. Muhammad Ali was known for winning major titles like being the only boxer to win the world heavyweight championship three times.
But what many people overlook was his ability to inspire people and stand up for what he believed in. In the past week, countless athletes have publicly stated that Muhammad Ali inspired them to become the people they are today. For many, Ali was the only inspiration they had. All of Ali's quotes were always there for words of wisdom. Quotes like, "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'" helped push people, athletes or not to conquer whatever it may be that stands in their path. Ali was an inspiration to all of us and we can all take a page out of his book.
With the recent passing of Ali, the world mourned. There are many things that are obvious about Ali. We all know he was he was a great boxer, we all know he was a three-time heavyweight champion of the world, but there are many things about Ali's life that may surprise you.
10 Gloves Worth More Than a Boxing Match
9 Where's His Olympic Gold Medal?
8 A Famous Fight at 4 A.M.
7 No Boxing For Four Years
6 Broadway Musicals
Muhammad Ali was banned from boxing for four years, as previously mentioned. Of course, he was looking to do other things. He didn't have the luxury to be silent in the media so he needed to put himself out there, a way other than boxing. A Broadway musical lured him in and he went for it. The musical Buck White starred himself and was about a black militant addressing a black power political group. The show ran for one week and he seemed very pleased with what he had done because he could now add one more thing to his resume if he ever needed one.
5 Fight With Antonio Inoki
4 Talks With Saddam Hussein
3 Talked Down Suicide Jumper
If you are looking for a man to look up to, it should be Muhammad Ali. He was a courageous man with a lot of success. In 1981, he was in California strolling around. When he looked up, he saw himself looking at a 21-year-old man threatening to jump and commit suicide. When he came to the realization of what was about to happen, he went over and talked to the man that needed help. He persuaded the man to come down and he basically saved his life. That is courageous.
2 Recording Music Albums
1 A Bicycle Launched his Boxing Career
Ali's birth name was Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. When Clay was 12 years old, he loved the bicycle he had. When it was stolen in 1954, he reported this robbery to a police officer in Louisville, Kentucky. Clay vowed to pummel the culprit. Joe Martin, the police officer, was also a boxing trainer and realized how mad Clay was about this incident. He promised Clay to start teaching him how to fight at a very young age. About six weeks later, Clay, or Muhammad Ali, won his first fight via a split decision.
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