These statements of confidence unsettled his taller opponent, whom Los Angeles Lakers owner Jack Kent Cooke had offered a record-setting contract, conditional on Chamberlain agreeing to abandon what Cooke termed "this boxing foolishness,"  and he did exactly that.
He had nine children, most of whom avoided the spotlight of which Ali was so fond.
In the final round, Frazier knocked Ali down with a vicious left hook, which referee Arthur Mercante said was as hard as a man can be hit. His earlier adherence to the teachings of Elijah Muhammad e.
Ali drafted into military in where he refused to fought Vietnam war due to his strong religious beliefs. The referee stopped the bout with 12 seconds remaining. Based on Clay's uninspired performance against Jones and Cooper in his previous two fights, and Liston's destruction of former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson in two first-round knock outs, Clay was a 7—1 underdog.
The Super Fight Main article: World heavyweight champion second reign The Rumble in the Jungle Main article: He was dyslexicwhich led to difficulties in reading and writing, at school and for much of his life.
The most notable of these bouts occurred on October 1,when Ali and Joe Frazier met in the Philippines6 miles 9. He had changed his name when he joined Nation of Islam and he afterward transformed into Sunni Islam in He told the officer he was going to "whup" the thief.
Ali was 32 years old, and had clearly lost speed and reflexes since his twenties. Clay won his professional boxing debut on October 29,in a six-round decision. Throughout most of the bout, however, Ali was able to circle away from Frazier's dangerous left hook and to tie Frazier up when he was cornered, the latter a tactic that Frazier's camp complained of bitterly.
Clay infuriated devotees of the sport as much as he impressed them.
Ali was back on his feet in three seconds. After winning the title, Ali became the youngest boxer to win the title at the age of 22, though Floyd Patterson won the title at the age of 21, later Mike Tyson broke both records in and became the youngest boxer to win the heavyweight championship at the age of Liston fought better in round two, but at the beginning of the third round Clay hit Liston with a combination that buckled his knees and opened a cut under his left eye.
Ali got up but lost in a unanimous decision, experiencing his first defeat as a pro. Williams had once been considered among the hardest punchers in the heavyweight division, but in he had been shot at point-blank range by a Texas policeman, resulting in the loss of one kidney and 10 feet 3.
Following the win, a triumphant Clay rushed to the edge of the ring and, pointing to the ringside press, shouted: His mother recalled one occasion when he was denied a drink of water at a store—"They wouldn't give him one because of his color.
Ali came back in the boxing ring but he lacked his energy. This made Ali the first heavyweight champion to win the belt three times.
He was very quick with his response that he never needed to protect his face or duck with hands and was ever ready to punch back his competitors. Terrell, who was unbeaten in five years and had defeated many of the boxers Ali had faced, was billed as Ali's toughest opponent since Liston; he was big, strong and had a three-inch reach advantage over Ali.
On 19th NovemberAli married to Yolanda Williams, friends since Muhammad Ali death On 20th DecemberAli was hospitalized for a mild case of pneumonia and was hospitalized on 15th January for a urinary tract infection.
In addition, he was criminally indicted and, on June 20,convicted of refusing induction into the U. He was reported to jokingly say, "That computer was made in Alabama. I shook up the world. He was systematically denied a boxing license in every state and stripped of his passport.
Of the 56 wins, 37 of them were by knockout. Laila Amaria Ali (born December 30, ) is an American former professional boxer who competed from to She is the daughter of world famous boxer Muhammad Ali, and is the eighth of her father's nine children.
During her career, from which she retired undefeated, she held the WBC, WIBA, IWBF and IBA female super middleweight titles, and the IWBF light heavyweight title.
Muhammad Ali defeated every top heavyweight in his era, which has been called the golden age of heavyweight boxing.
Ali was named "Fighter of the Year" by The Ring magazine more times than any other fighter, and was involved in more Ring "Fight of the Year" bouts than any other fighter.Career of muhammad ali as a professional heavyweight boxer