🗓️ 17th January (1942): Muhammad Ali was born (at birth the name and surname Cassius Clay), American boxer, Olympic champion (1960), three-time world champion.
🔶 The atmosphere of racial inequality strongly influenced the formation of the personality of 10-year-old Cassius. Later, he recalled that before falling asleep, he cried because black people in society were considered second-class people.
🔶 Started boxing at age 12, after his bike was stolen.
🔶 1954: six weeks after the first visit to the hall, the debut amateur fight of Cassius took place. The duel was broadcast on television in the program "Future Champions". Cassius won. After the announcement of the result, Clay started screaming at the camera that he would become the greatest boxer.
🔶 Instead of a bus ride, Cassius preferred a run to school. He did not drink, did not smoke and did not use drugs, becoming a fan of healthy eating.
♦️ 1960: Cassius began to invent his own, unique style of conducting a duel. He “danced” around the enemy on toes with his hands down, provoking the opponent to a sweeping blow, from which he confidently dodged.
♦️ 1960: wins the Olympic Games in Rome. Before flying to the United States, Cassius Clay did not remove the gold medal even during sleep.
♦️ 1964: at 22, Clay became the world champion in heavyweight.
♦️ 1964: joined the organization "The Nation of Islam."
At the peak of his career, he refused to serve in the US Army, after which he was stripped of all titles and suspended from participation in competitions for more than three years.
🔷 Upon returning to the sport, he regained the title of world champion in the fight against the best boxers of that time.
🔷 1998-2008: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
2016: died in the hospital due to lung problems. Also suffered from Parkinson's disease.
🔷 Muhammad Ali’s phrase “Soar like a butterfly and fry like a bee” (characterizing his fighting style) is known around the world.
🔷 The confrontation between Mohammed Ali and Joe Fraser has become one of the most famous in the history of sports.
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