Muhammad Ali has been widely regarded as one of the most celebrated sports figures dominant personality both within and outside his professional arena. This 6feet 3-inch boxing legend was an American Olympic and professional boxer and also an activist.
From early in his career, Ali was known as an inspiring, controversial and polarizing figure. And that is saying something because this star began his amateur career from the age of 12.
His story started when he was 12 in Louisville, Kentucky. Ali, then known as Cassius Clay had his bike stolen. After pursuing the thief, he reported to the police. According to Louisville police officer Joe Martin, Clay stated that he wanted to "whup" the thief.
"Well, you better learn how to fight before you start challenging people," said the policeman.
This very line was what started the story of Muhammad Ali. Tim, who was also a boxing coach was impressed and started to train the youngster. Ali learned the art of sparring and started his boxing career. Ali's amateur career was marked by training from boxing cutman Chuck Bodak.
Clay had grown up in racial segregation. He had to face prejudice because if his skin color. Once he was denied a drink of water at a store because of his color which seemed to have deeply affected him. He was also affected by the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, which led to young Clay and a friend taking out their frustration by vandalizing a local rail yard at the age of 13. All this pent up aggression might have been what made him such a successful player later up in his career.
With a career that lasted more than two decades,Ali earned a considerable amount of money as well as respect from fans all over. His estimated net worth is reported to be around $70 million. Ali was married four times and had seven daughters and two sons from his four wives. In 1984 Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's Syndrome which took away Ali's voice and motor skills. Muhammad Ali died on June 4, 2016, at the age of 74 with his family by his side wishing him one final farewell.
With his life story and achievements, Ali will likely go down in history as the greatest Heavy Weight champions and sports figure of all time.