Muhammed Ali Essay

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Muhammed Ali Muhammad Ali was one of the greatest heavy weight champions. His natural abilities were complemented by his flashy flamboyant personality. It was his ability that won him the heavy weight championship on three separate occasions, but only his “Float like a butter fly sting like a bee” antics won him the title of the “people’s champ” (“Ali” 2).      Born Cassius Clay Jr. on January 17, 1942 in Louisville Kentucky, he was far from over privileged. His father Cassius Clay Sr., worked to support the family as a sign and mural painter. His mother Odessa Clay, worked part time as a domestic. He attended school at Duvalle middle school with his brother Rudolph Clay. After this, he went on to…show more content…
     Although only being ranked ninth, he began to attract media attention early with his confident boasting about his ability to win the world heavy weight title. Not only was he a young master of the sport, he also made the media swarm to him with his arrogant yet catchy rhymes. In 1964, he commented to Sports Illustrated that “Cassius Clay is a boxer who can throw the jive better than anybody”. It was in this same year that he would lay his first claim on the title.      The bout was set in February of 1964 against defending champion Sonny Liston. The match was in Miami, Florida and attracted a lot of hype largely due to Ali’s boastful rhymes and insults toward Liston. This launched boxing back into the spotlight of American sporting events. It was the weeks prior to this match that Ali unveiled his rhyming chant, “Float like a butter fly sting like a bee” which he displayed in the classic bout. During the fearsome battle with Liston, he exhibited grace and power all wrapped into one magnificent spectacle. He used his sly feet to escape the reach of Liston, while slipping in some of his destructive jabs in the process. When the bell for the eighth round rang, Liston stayed on his stool in his respected corner. It was then that Ali captured the title at the young age of 22. This was a rocket start for his amazing career as the “pretty” prince of
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