Biography of Muhammad Ali Essay

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Biography of Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali is the "Quintessential American." In his stand for religious and racial freedom, for his humility, generosity, braggadocio, deep and abiding physical and mental courage, though always larger than life -- Ali exhibited many typical and deep-rooted American traits. He struck a number of positively resonant notes in the American psyche, that make him now a revered person (Walter). Muhammad Ali is a widely known person, not only for being one of the all-time greatest fighters in history, but also for being one of the most prominent and influential persons of the twentieth century. Muhammad Ali was not always called by that name, born on January 17, 1942 in Louisville Kentucky, named after…show more content…
Americans, at this point, were not to fond of Ali. They continued to call him Cassius Clay and rooted for him to lose in upcoming matches, but Ali continued to be unstoppable in the ring. As the years went on Ali went on winning but the years were passing and that was having some affect on him. In 1970 Muhammad fought against Jerry Quarry and even though Ali did win the fight it was noticeable that he was moving slower than he did in the late 1960's. He began taking more punches instead of dodging and dancing from them like he used to do, but he was also stronger this time around. Out to recapture the title of Heavyweight Champion, Ali jumped back into training camp to train. The bout was one of three legendary fights between Ali and Frazier. Since the title was taken from him and was not lost in the ring many people felt Ali was still rightfully the Heavyweight Champion. Ali openly ridiculed Frazier showing lack of fear for his opponent. Despite all of Ali's negative remarks, Frazier was a tough opponent. The actual fight was even in the early rounds, but Ali was absorbing more punishment than he ever did before. In the fifteenth round the unthinkable happened: Frazier hit Ali on the jaw with a bone crushing left hook and that knocked him to the canvas. Ali did bounce back up as fast as he went down, but when the fight ended, it was clear that Frazier was the winner. It was Ali's first professional loss but he was not ready to

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