Muhammad Ali – The Real KNOCKOUT is dead.

Dear English Black Friday followers,

Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. on January 17, 1942 passed away on June 3, 2016 and it has brought tears to millions around the world. Muhammad Ali was an American professional boxer, widely regarded as one of the greatest and most significant sporting figures in history. From early in his career, Ali was known as an inspiring, controversial and polarizing figure both inside and outside the boxing ring.

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As a boxer, Ali has been famous all over the world for dancing around the border and even the Fugees has mentioned him on their song Ready or Not.

“I refugee from Guantanamo Bay
Dance around the border like I’m Cassius Clay”

1) Earns himself a fight with Sonny Liston (1964)

 Clay was fast, handsome and quick-tongued but he was also brave. Just before the second Sonny Liston v Floyd Patterson fight in 1963, Clay followed Liston to Vegas and, after watching him lose at craps, shouted to him: “Look at that big ugly bear, he can’t do anything right.” The promoter Harold Conrad told Thomas Hauser what happened next: “So Liston throws the dice down, walks over to Clay, and says: ‘Listen here you nigger faggot. If you don’t get out of here in 10 seconds I’m gonna pull that big tongue out of your mouth and stick it up your ass’.” Clay was scared. He walked. But later he drove to Liston’s house in Denver to holler at him from his driveway. Shortly afterwards the fight was signed. Ali had his world title shot.
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2) “I shook up the world” – Clay wins world heavyweight title (1964)

Liston was a boxing dementor, those soulless eyes draining hope from opponents’ before his fists stole their consciousness. In 36 fights he had lost just once – and even then, after having his jaw broken, he didn’t quit. At the weigh-in, Clay’s pulse was double his normal rate. People thought he was scared. But as he explained to his doctor Ferdie Pacheco he had a plan: “Liston is scared of no man, but he is scared of a nut because he doesn’t know what I am going to do.” He soon found out. Clay was slicker and sharper and, after surviving a torrid fifth when some oil of wintergreen on Liston’s gloves set his eyes on fire, forced his opponent to quit at the end of the sixth. Afterwards Clay told reporters he had “shook up the world … I am the greatest! … I am the prettiest thing that ever lived!” He was 22.

Read more in The Guardian and understand about his life.

He was an outstanding man. However, what appeals to me the most was his sense of humor. In this video below, you will watch Ali protesting against racism in a very interesting and somewhat funny way.

As you could see in the video above, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and claimed his new religion. He became muslin and had his mentor called Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Ali was also connected with Malcolm X. See photos below:

This is a little bit of this man who inspired many all over the planet. Hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have. Enjoy this amazing video of Ali getting emotional after seeing his old teacher. He helped many children and here is one of the examples.

 

Rest in Peace, Ali_89885730_dcd6b23a-6c13-466a-ae53-edb6c5f222e0Re

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This material has been selected, adapted, analyzed, and put together by Rodrigo P. Honorato.

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