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Remember Ali: When the World lost one of its Greatest

Remember Ali: When the World lost one of its Greatest

3rd, June 2020

Muhammad Ali died at the age of 74 on today’s date, June 3rd, four years ago.

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay on January 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky, Ali started boxing when he was 12, winning Golden Gloves titles before heading to the 1960 Olympics in Rome, where he won a gold medal as a light heavyweight.

In 1964 Ali became heavyweight champion by beating the fearsome Sonny Liston in a sixth-round technical knockout before a stunned Miami Beach crowd. While the former champ retired in his stool, Ali famously proclaimed: ”I must be the greatest! I shook up the world!”

Ali would back up those words, and become more than a heavyweight champion. He was a humanitarian, philanthropist, and civil rights leader. And The Greatest chose his hometown as his final resting place.

The memorial’s inscription reads: “He took a few cups of love, he took one tablespoon of patience, one teaspoon of generosity, one pint of kindness. He took one quart of laughter, one pinch of concern, and then he mixed willingness with happiness, he added lots of faith and he stirred it up well. Then he spread it over a span of a lifetime and he served to each and every person he met.”

Muhammad Ali is the virtual ambassador of the World Boxing Super Series, and gave his blessings to the tournament and agreed to give his name to its prize, The Muhammad Ali Trophy.