Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.
January 17, 1942
Date of death
June 3, 2016
On October 29, 1960, in Kentucky, he defeated Tunney Hunsaker by unanimous decision.
won the world title
On February 25, 1964, in Miami, Florida, he defeated the hitherto invincible Sonny Liston in six rounds and won the world heavyweight title. On February 6, 1967, in Houston, Texas, he defeated Ernie Terrell by unanimous decision to win the WBA heavyweight championship. On October 30, 1974, in Kinshasa, Congo, in a Don King mega-promotion, which elevated him as one of the best promoters on the planet, Muhammad Ali became the WBA and WBC-endorsed heavyweight champion, by defeating by effective knockout in eight rounds of George Foreman. On September 15, 1978, in New Orleans, he won a unanimous decision over Leon Spinks and regained the WBA full title.
Lost His Title
He defended that world title six times and resigned after winning the WBA full belt. The WBA belt he lost after his first defense, after refusing to go to war. The WBA and WBC titles he lost in his eleventh defense, on February 15, 1978 in Las Vegas, Leon Spinks defeated him on points
On December 11, 1981, in Nassau, Bahamas, Trevor Berbick defeated him by unanimous decision.
Cassius Marcelluss Clay changed his name after joining the Nation of Islam in 1964. In 1967 he refused to join the US Army citing his religious beliefs and his opposition to the Vietnam War. He was arrested and found guilty of draft evasion, stripped of his world title and his boxing license suspended. He was not jailed, but he did not fight for almost four years, while his appeal made its way to the Supreme Court, where it was finally admitted. In 1975 he converted to Sunism. He defined his boxing style as: "I fly like a butterfly and sting like a bee" and called himself The Greatest. He has suffered from Parkinson's disease for several years.son”