Thursday, January 17, 2008

Muhammad Ali

Happy Birthday!
Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on January 17, 1942) is a retired American boxer and former three-time World Heavyweight Champion and winner of an Olympic Light-heavyweight gold medal. In 1999, Ali was crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and the BBC.

Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He was named after his father, Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr., who was named for the 19th century abolitionist and politician Cassius Clay. Ali changed his name after joining the Nation of Islam in 1964 and subsequently converted to Islam in 1975.

Ali was best known for his fighting style which he described as "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee". His movement is often described as a dance, beautiful even. Throughout his career Ali made a name for himself with great handspeed, as well as fast feet and taunting tactics. While Ali was renowned for his fast, sharp out-fighting style, he also had a great chin, and displayed a great heart and ability to take a punch in his 1974 fight against George Foreman in Zaire, called the Rumble in the Jungle.

Loss Trevor Berbick Decision (unanimous) 10 (10) 1981-12-11 Nassau, Bahamas
Loss Larry Holmes Corner retirement 10 (15) 1980-10-02 Las Vegas, NV Match was for WBC Heavyweight title
Win Leon Spinks Decision (unanimous) 15 (15) 1978-09-15 New Orleans, LA Won WBA Heavyweight title;
Vacated title on 1979-09-06
Loss Leon Spinks Decision (split) 15 (15) 1978-02-15 Las Vegas, NV Lost WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles
Win Earnie Shavers Decision (unanimous) 15 (15) 1977-09-29 New York City, NY Retained WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles
Win Alfredo Evangelista Decision (unanimous) 15 (15) 1977-05-16 Landover, MD Retained WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles
Win Ken Norton Decision (unanimous) 15 (15) 1976-09-28 The Bronx, New York Retained WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles
Win Richard Dunn TKO 5 (15) 1976-05-24 Munich, Germany Retained WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles
Win Jimmy Young Decision (unanimous) 15 (15) 1976-04-30 Landover, MD Retained WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles
Win Jean-Pierre Coopman KO 5 (15) 1976-02-20 San Juan, Puerto Rico Retained WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles
Win Joe Frazier TKO 14 (15), 0:59 1975-10-01 Quezon City, Philippines "The Thrilla in Manila";
Retained WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles
Win Joe Bugner Decision (unanimous) 15 (15) 1975-06-30 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Retained WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles
Win Ron Lyle TKO 11 (15) 1975-05-16 Las Vegas, NV Retained WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles
Win Chuck Wepner TKO 15 (15), 2:41 1975-03-24 Richfield, OH Retained WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles
Win George Foreman KO 8 (15), 2:58 1974-10-30 Kinshasa, Zaire "The Rumble in the Jungle";
Won WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles
Win Joe Frazier Decision (unanimous) 12 (12) 1974-01-28 New York City, NY Retained NABF Heavyweight title;
Vacated title later in 1974
Win Rudi Lubbers Decision (unanimous) 12 (12) 1973-10-20 Jakarta, Indonesia
Win Ken Norton Decision (split) 12 (12) 1973-09-10 Inglewood, CA Won NABF Heavyweight title
Loss Ken Norton Decision (split) 12 (12) 1973-03-31 San Diego, CA Lost NABF Heavyweight title
Win Joe Bugner Decision (unanimous) 12 (12) 1973-02-14 Las Vegas, NV
Win Bob Foster KO 7 (12) 1972-11-21 Stateline, NV Retained NABF Heavyweight title
Win Floyd Patterson TKO 7 (12) 1972-09-20 New York City, NY Retained NABF Heavyweight title
Win Alvin Lewis TKO 11 (12), 1:15 1972-07-19 Dublin, Ireland
Win Jerry Quarry TKO 7 (12), 0:19 1972-06-27 Las Vegas, NV Retained NABF Heavyweight title
Win George Chuvalo Decision (unanimous) 12 (12) 1972-05-01 Vancouver, Canada Retained NABF Heavyweight title
Win Mac Foster Decision (unanimous) 15 (15) 1972-04-01 Tokyo, Japan
Win Jürgen Blin KO 7 (12), 2:12 1971-12-26 Zurich, Switzerland
Win Buster Mathis Decision (unanimous) 12 (12) 1971-11-17 Houston, TX Retained NABF Heavyweight title
Win Jimmy Ellis TKO 12 (12), 2:10 1971-07-26 Houston, TX Won vacant NABF Heavyweight title
Loss Joe Frazier Decision (unanimous) 15 (15) 1971-03-08 New York City, NY "The Fight of the Century";
Match was for WBA/WBC Heavyweight
titles
Win Oscar Bonavena TKO 15 (15), 2:03 1970-12-07 New York City, NY Won NABF Heavyweight title;
Vacated title in 1971
Win Jerry Quarry TKO 3 (15) 1970-10-26 Atlanta, GA
Win Zora Folley KO 7 (15), 1:48 1967-03-22 New York City, NY Retained WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles;
Stripped of titles on 1967-04-28
Win Ernie Terrell Decision (unanimous) 15 (15) 1967-02-06 Houston, TX Retained WBC Heavyweight title,
Won WBA Heavyweight title
Win Cleveland Williams TKO 3 (15) 1966-11-14 Houston, TX Retained WBC Heavyweight title
Win Karl Mildenberger TKO 12 (15) 1966-09-10 Frankfurt, Germany Retained WBC Heavyweight title
Win Brian London KO 3 (15) 1966-08-06 London, England Retained WBC Heavyweight title
Win Henry Cooper TKO 6 (15), 1:38 1966-05-21 London, England Retained WBC Heavyweight title
Win George Chuvalo Decision (unanimous) 15 (15) 1966-03-29 Toronto, Canada Retained WBC Heavyweight title
Win Floyd Patterson TKO 12 (15), 2:18 1965-11-22 Las Vegas, NV Retained WBC Heavyweight title
Win Sonny Liston KO 1 (15), 2:12 1965-05-25 Lewiston, ME Retained WBC Heavyweight title
Win Sonny Liston Corner retirement 7 (15) 1964-02-25 Miami Beach, FL Won WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles;
Stripped of WBA title on 1964-06-19
Win Henry Cooper TKO 5 (10), 2:15 1963-06-18 London, England
Win Doug Jones Decision (unanimous) 10 (10) 1963-03-13 New York City, NY
Win Charley Powell KO 3, 2:04 1963-01-24 Pittsburgh, PA
Win Archie Moore TKO 4 (10), 1:35 1962-11-15 Los Angeles, CA
Win Alejandro Lavorante KO 5 (10), 1:48 1962-07-20 Los Angeles, CA
Win Billy Daniels TKO 7 (10), 2:21 1962-05-19 Los Angeles, CA
Win George Logan TKO 4 (10), 1:34 1962-04-23 New York City, NY
Win Don Warner TKO 4, 0:34 1962-03-28 Miami Beach, FL
Win Sonny Banks TKO 4 (10), 0:26 1962-02-10 New York City, NY
Win Willi Besmanoff TKO 7 (10), 1:55 1961-11-29 Louisville, KY
Win Alex Miteff TKO 6 (10), 1:45 1961-10-07 Louisville, KY
Win Alonzo Johnson Decision (unanimous) 10 (10) 1961-07-22 Louisville, KY
Win Duke Sabedong Decision (unanimous) 10 (10) 1961-06-26 Las Vegas, NV
Win LaMar Clark KO 2 (10), 1:27 1961-04-19 Louisville, KY
Win Donnie Fleeman TKO 7 (8) 1961-02-21 Miami Beach, FL
Win Jimmy Robinson KO 1 (8), 1:34 1961-02-07 Miami Beach, FL
Win Tony Esperti TKO 3 (8), 1:30 1961-01-17 Miami Beach, FL
Win Herb Siler KO 4 (8) 1960-12-27 Miami Beach, FL
Win Tunney Hunsaker Decision (unanimous) 6 (6) 1960-10-29 Louisville, KY

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