Essay Muhammad Ali: The World’s Greatest Boxer

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One Day in Louisville Kentucky an African American boy was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. on the 17th day of January in 1942. Chances are you and many others have heard of Cassius who started his boxing career at the age of twelve. By age seventeen almost one hundred and eighty pounds and a tall six feet in height he was crowned with the nations Golden Gloves heavyweight in the light division. Prior, while only fourteen years of age he held the title of Golden Gloves heavyweight light division for his home city of Louisville (Wilson). Cassius Clay has the boxing record of a champion where he won the heavyweight championship of the world for the first time in 1964 while only a young man at twenty two years of age. Cassius went on to win …show more content…
The policeman became Clay’s boxing teacher. Clay learned fast and trained harder like none of the other younger kids. Cassius read his name in the paper as a teenager for the first time which excited him because he realized he was becoming famous. By age eighteen, he was traveling out of the country to fight where once he met his idol Sugar Ray Robinson whose treatment towards him was a great disappointment. Clay decided he would never mistreat his fans and try to show love and appreciation towards his fans when meeting them. “No matter how high I climbed the ladder of success, I was going to view the world without looking down on anyone” (Ali and Ali32). Clay became an Olympic gold medalist before he was the famous great Muhammad Ali. Cassius fought in Rome when he sited his first poem. Clay shouted “I am the greatest, I shoot up the world!” (Ali and Ali37). Clay became known as the great boxer who not only fought great fights but sited great poetry. Once a Muslim, Muhammad studied with Malcolm X in 1963. Ali compared himself with the great Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks whom Ali said made a difference in America and Ali stated he wanted to be remembered as doing the same (Ali and Ali). Fighting as Ali was different for Ali than fighting as Clay. Once a Muslim, Ali saw the world differently than he had seen the world as a child and young adult. Ali wanted to use his fame from fighting in the

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