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Muhammed Ali

by Mario from Tampico, Mexico

Muhammad Ali is a retired American boxer was born in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. on January 17, 1942. His birth name was Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. Muhammad Ali was a great American boxer who won a lot of championships. He is a very interesting man, and had a big influence on American boxers. That's only a part of the ideas he has espoused or things he has said.

As a little boy he won a lot of boxing tournaments with the support of his coach Joe Martin Ibarra and of his parents. At the age of twelve a man stole his bicycle, so he began to shout for help. That's when he met a police officer named Joe Martin. Muhammed started training with Fred Stoner, an African American trainer at the community center.

After his Olympic triumph, he returned to Louisville, where, on October 29, 1960, he won his first professional fight over Tunney Hunsaker, by the round number 6.

It is one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, when Ali regained his title on October 30, 1974 by defeating champion George Foreman. During the fight Ali used an strange strategy, the "rope-a-dope." He said he would dance in front of his enemy. Ali dropped Foreman in the eighth round with a good combination. Then Ali became the champion and many years later, Foreman became the champ at the age of 45. In 1984 Dr. Stanley Fahn confirm that Ali had Parkinson's disease, so he decided to retire from boxing.

Muhammad Ali has been married four times and has seven daughters and two sons. Now he is one of the most popular athletes in history.

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Last edited 2/20/2009 12:00:00 AM

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