Muhammad Ali

World Champion Boxer
Born Jan 17, 1942
Age 74
Hometown Louisville-Jeffer...
Religion Muslim
Height 6' 2½" (18...
Weight 95256.0 lb (43207...
Nationality American
High School Louisville Centra...

Muhammad Ali is an American former professional boxer, philanthropist and social activist. Considered a cultural icon, Ali has both been idolized and vilified. Originally known as Cassius Clay, Ali changed his name after joining the Nation of Islam in 1964, subsequently converting to Sunni Islam in 1975, more recently taking particular interest and embracing Sufism.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Muhammad Ali.


1942 Birth Born on January 17, 1942.


1960 18 Years Old Clay made his professional debut on October 29, 1960, winning a six-round decision over Tunney Hunsaker. … Read More


Born Cassius Clay, he began training at 12 years old and at the age of 22 won the world heavyweight championship in 1964 from Sonny Liston in a stunning upset. … Read More
1965 - 1966 3 More Events
Ali and Terrell finally met in Houston on February 6, 1967. … Read More
1970 28 Years Old On August 12, 1970, with his case still in appeal, Ali was granted a license to box by the City of Atlanta Athletic Commission, thanks to State Senator Leroy R. Johnson. … Read More
1971 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Ali and Frazier's first fight, held at the Garden on March 8, 1971, was nicknamed the "Fight of the Century", due to the tremendous excitement surrounding a bout between two undefeated fighters, each with a legitimate claim as heavyweight champions. … Read More


1972 30 Years Old 1 More Event
Twenty minutes from Reading, (one hour from Philadelphia and a two-hour drive from New York City), Ali found a five-acre site on a Pennsylvania country road in the village of Deer Lake. (On a map, the location can more easily be found by looking for "Orwigsburg".) On this site, Ali carved out what was to become his training camp, the camp where he lived and trained for all the many fights he had from 1972 on to the end of his career in the 1980s. … Read More
1973 31 Years Old In 1973, Ali suffered the second loss of his career at the hands of Ken Norton, who broke Ali's jaw during the fight.
1974 32 Years Old 1 More Event
After initially seeking retirement, Ali won a controversial decision against Norton in their second bout, leading to a rematch at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 1974, with Joe Frazier—who had recently lost his title to George Foreman. … Read More
1975 33 Years Old In 1975, Ali began an affair with Veronica Porsche, an actress and model.
1976 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Following the Manila bout, Ali fought Jean-Pierre Coopman, Jimmy Young, and Richard Dunn, winning the last by knockout. Later in 1976, Ali participated in an exhibition bout in Tokyo against Japanese professional wrestler and martial artist Antonio Inoki (Muhammad Ali vs. Antonio Inoki). … Read More
1977 35 Years Old 1 More Event
After winning against Alfredo Evangelista in May 1977, Ali struggled in his next fight against Earnie Shavers that September, who pummeled Ali a few times with punches to the head. … Read More
1978 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 1978, Ali faced Leon Spinks at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. … Read More
1979 37 Years Old Following this win, on July 27, 1979, Ali announced his retirement from boxing. … Read More
1980 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Their opinion was accepted by the NAC on July 31, 1980, paving the way for Ali's return to the ring.


1984 42 Years Old Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's syndrome in 1984, a disease that is common to head trauma from activities such as boxing. … Read More
1986 44 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1986, Ali and Veronica were divorced. … Read More
1987 45 Years Old Around 1987, the California Bicentennial Foundation for the U.S. Constitution selected Ali to personify the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. … Read More
1991 49 Years Old He published an oral history, Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times by Thomas Hauser, in 1991. … Read More


1996 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1996, he had the honor of lighting the flame at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
1999 57 Years Old …  Two years later, in 1999, the BBC produced a special version of its annual BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award ceremony, and Ali was voted their Sports Personality of the Century, receiving more votes than the other four contenders combined. … Read More
2001 59 Years Old Ali's bout with Parkinson's led to a gradual decline in Ali's health though he was still active into the early years of the millennium, even promoting his own biopic, Ali, in 2001. … Read More


2002 - 2004 2 More Events
Later, in 2005, he embraced spiritual practices of Sufis.
2007 65 Years Old 1 More Event
On June 5, 2007, he received an honorary doctorate of humanities at Princeton University's 260th graduation ceremony. … Read More
On February 3, 2013, in a Washington Times article, Ali's brother, Rahman Ali, said Muhammad can no longer speak and could be dead within days. … Read More
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