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Muhammad Ali: Boxing, Image and Athletes in Politics . The Greatest of All Time. Cassius Clay. Born January 17, 1942 Louisville, Kentucky Began boxing at 12 years old after having his bike stolen. Cassius Clay . Dominant as an amateur fighter 6 Kentucky Golden Gloves titles - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


The Greatest of All Time

The Greatest of All Time

Muhammad Ali: Boxing, Image and Athletes in Politics

Cassius ClayBorn January 17, 1942Louisville, KentuckyBegan boxing at 12 years old after having his bike stolen

Cassius Clay Dominant as an amateur fighter6 Kentucky Golden Gloves titles2 National Golden Gloves titles2 National AAU titlesAll before he was 181960 Gold Medalist in the Rome Olympics

Cassius ClayClay very quickly established himself as a heavyweight contenderFirst title fight came against Sonny ListonListon was the Tyson of his generationClay becoming known for his mouth as much as for his skill

Quotes Leading Up to the First Liston FightBest estimates had Clay as a 3:1 underdogClays fighting style was very unorthodox for a heavyweight"Float like a butterfly.Sting like a bee.Your hands can't hitwhat your eyes can't see."

Clay Defeats ListonFebruary 25, 1964Clay beat Liston soundlyListon refused to answer the bell for the seventhBecomes a social phenomenon after the fight

Conversion to IslamDuring training for the first Liston fight, Clay became friends with Malcolm XBecame a member of the Nation of IslamChanged his name to Cassius X, then Muhammad Ali

Why Muhammad Ali?Cassius Clay is a slave name. I didn't choose it, and I didn't want it. I am Muhammad Ali, a free name - it means beloved of God - and I insist people use it when speaking to me and of me. Early Years As Champion Ali continued to dominate the heavyweight ranksDefended title 9 times in two years, including victories over Liston (again) and Floyd PatersonHis outspoken nature will also keep him in the spotlight

VietnamTrouble comes in 1967Ali refuses to serve in the American military"War is against the teachings of the Holy Qur'aan. I'm not trying to dodge the draft. We are supposed to take part in no wars unless declared by Allah or The Messenger. We don't take part in Christian wars or wars of any unbelievers.No Vietcong ever called me n****r

1967Ali continues his dominance in the ring, but becomes a lightning rod for controversy.Mainstream America is suspicious of the Nation of IslamAli is stripped of his championship, convicted for refusing induction into the U.S. army.Not allowed to fight for three years1970Ali kept himself in the spotlight by speaking at rallies and college campuses1970- allowed to return to the ring1971- Supreme Court overturns his convictionConscientious objector

The Fight of the CenturyNot the same fighterTime off hurt himHis most famous fights come in this era, starting with Joe FrazierRope-a-dope strategy starts to go into effect

The Rumble in the Jungle Ali-Foreman, 1974One of the first fights ever promoted by Don KingFought against George Foreman in ZaireFrom Slaveship to ChampionshipAli given virtually no chance against ForemanFight has all sorts of controversy outside of the ring (social/political)Films Well Be ScreeningWhen We Were Kings- The Rumble in the JungleFacing Ali