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Jun 5, Muhammad Ali was a global superstar when he was interviewed by Michael Parkinson in It was the first of four TV interviews he did with the chat show even less about politics, he's one of the world's great entertainer. Jun 7, LONG BEFORE he died, Muhammad Ali had been extolled by many as the greatest boxer in history. Some called him the greatest athlete of the. This is the legend of Cassius Clay, I want everyone to bear witness, I am the greatest! 58; Variant transcription: I'm the greatest thing that ever lived. .. While Frazier was a man of few words, Ali was a world of mouth, but he found . after the fight, and that's all I could think of when I went out for my acceptance speech.
Who would have thought, when they came to the fight, that they'd witness a launchin' of a black satellite. This is the legend of Cassius Clay, The most beautiful fighter in the world today. He talks a great deal, and brags indeed-y, Of a muscular punch that's incredibly speed-y. The fistic world was dull and weary, But with a champ like Liston, things had to be dreary.
Muhammad Ali’s abhorrent views on race
Then someone with color and someone with dash, Brought fight fans a-runnin' with cash. This brash young boxer is something to see And the heavyweight championship is his destiny.
Here I predict Mr. Almighty God was with me. I want everyone to bear witness, I am the greatest! I'm the greatest thing that ever lived. I don't have a mark on my face, and I upset Sonny Liston, and I just turned twenty-two years old.
I must be the greatest. I showed the world. I talk to God everyday. I know the real God. I shook up the world, I'm the king of the world. You must listen to me. I am the greatest! I can't be beat! I'm so great I don't have a mark on my face.
I shook up the world. As quoted in "When Clay shook up the world" 24 February My conscience won't let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America.
And shoot them for what? They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn't put no dogs on me, they didn't rob me of my nationality, rape and kill my mother and father. Shoot them for what? How can I shoot them poor people?
Just take me to jail. Regarding the Vietnam War and conscription Part of this is frequently paraphrased out of context as: I'm not gonna help nobody get something my negroes don't have.
If I'm gonna die, I'll die now right here fighting you, if I'm gonna die. My enemies are white people, not Viet Congs or Chinese or Japanese. You my opposer when I want freedom. You my opposer when I want justice. You my opposer when I want equality. You won't even stand up for me in America for my religious beliefs, and you want me to go somewhere and fight, but you won't even stand up for me here at home. I think Terrell will catch hell at the sound of the bell. He's going around saying that he's a championship-fighter, but when he meets me he fall 20 pound lighter.
He thinks that he's the real heavy weight champ but when he meets me, he'll just be a tramp Now I'm not sayin' just to be funny, but I'm fightin' Ernie because he needs the money. About Ernie Terrell before their February boxing match, - YouTube video All kinds of things set us back, but life goes on.
Soon this will be old news. People got lives to live, bills to pay, mouths to feed. Maybe a plane will go down with ninety people on it. Or a great man will be assassinated. That will be more important than Ali losing. I never wanted to lose, never thought I would, but the thing that matters is how you lose. My friends should not cry. Press conference, March 9,following his defeat by Joe Frazierquoted in The Intercept, June 6, Ain't no reason for me to kill nobody in the ring, unless they deserve it.
Comment after the match with Jimmy Ellis was stopped by the referee in the twelfth round July I never thought of losing, but now that it's happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life. I done handcuffed lightning And throw thunder in jail. I can drown the drink of water, and kill a dead tree. Wait till you see Muhammad Ali.Muhammad Ali giving an inspirational speech.
A poem about his match with George Foremanknown as the Rumble in the Jungle I've got a lot of white associates. Elijah Muhammad, is the one who preached that the white man of America, number one, is the Devil. He's been preaching — he never mentioned England.
England's people have never lynched us, raped us, castrated us, tarred and feathered us, burned us up, pulled our sockets apart, stick knives in pregnant women's stomachs, enslaved us, rob us of our names, our knowledge, our — Elijah Mohammad's been preaching that the white man of America — God taught him — is the blue-eyed, blond-headed Devil!
No good in him, no justice, he's gonna be destroyed! His rule is over. He is the Devil! Comment prior to the "Rumble in the Jungle" 30 October as documented in When We Were Kings You been hearing about how bad I am since you were a little kid with mess in your pants!
Tonight, I'm gonna whip you till you cry like a baby. His mother recalled one occasion when he was denied a drink of water at a store—"They wouldn't give him one because of his color. That really affected him.
Ali won gold against Zbigniew Pietrzykowski and bronze medalist. Ali was first directed toward boxing by Louisville police officer and boxing coach Joe E. Martin who encountered the year-old fuming over a thief's having taken his bicycle. He told the officer he was going to "whup" the thief.
The officer told Clay he had better learn how to box first.
He won by split decision. Ali said in his autobiography that shortly after his return from the Rome Olympics, he threw his gold medal into the Ohio River after he and a friend were refused service at a "whites-only" restaurant and fought with a white gang. The story was later disputed, and several of Ali's friends, including Bundini Brown and photographer Howard Binghamdenied it.
Professional boxing Early career On-site poster for Cassius Clay's fifth professional bout Clay made his professional debut on October 29,winning a six-round decision over Tunney Hunsaker.
From then until the end ofClay amassed a record of 19—0 with 15 wins by knockout. Clay also beat his former trainer and veteran boxer Archie Moore in a match. Clay was knocked down by both Sonny Banks and Cooper.
In the Cooper fight, Clay was floored by a left hook at the end of round four and was saved by the bell, going on to win in the predicted 5th round due to Cooper's severely cut eye.
The fight with Doug Jones on March 13, was Clay's toughest fight during this stretch. Jones staggered Clay in the first round, and the unanimous decision for Clay was greeted by boos and a rain of debris thrown into the ring. Watching on closed-circuit TV, heavyweight champ Sonny Liston quipped that if he fought Clay he might get locked up for murder.
The fight was later named "Fight of the Year" by The Ring magazine. He called Jones "an ugly little man" and Cooper a "bum. To replace Moore, Clay hired Angelo Dundee to be his trainer. Clay had met Dundee in February during Clay's amateur career. The fight was set for February 25,in Miami Beach. Liston was an intimidating personality, a dominating fighter with a criminal past and ties to the mob.
Based on Clay's uninspired performance against Jones and Cooper in his previous two fights, and Liston's destruction of former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson in two first-round knock outs, Clay was a 7—1 underdog. Despite this, Clay taunted Liston during the pre-fight buildup, dubbing him "the big ugly bear", stating "Liston even smells like a bear" and claiming "After I beat him I'm going to donate him to the zoo.
The outcome of the fight was a major upset. At the opening bell, Liston rushed at Clay, seemingly angry and looking for a quick knockout.
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However, Clay's superior speed and mobility enabled him to elude Liston, making the champion miss and look awkward. At the end of the first round, Clay opened up his attack and hit Liston repeatedly with jabs.
Liston fought better in round two, but at the beginning of the third round Clay hit Liston with a combination that buckled his knees and opened a cut under his left eye. This was the first time Liston had ever been cut. At the end of round four, Clay was returning to his corner when he began experiencing blinding pain in his eyes and asked his trainer, Angelo Dundeeto cut off his gloves.
It has been speculated that the problem was due to ointment used to seal Liston's cuts, perhaps deliberately applied by his corner to his gloves. In the sixth, Clay dominated, hitting Liston repeatedly.
Liston did not answer the bell for the seventh round, and Clay was declared the winner by TKO. Liston stated that the reason he quit was an injured shoulder. Following the win, a triumphant Clay rushed to the edge of the ring and, pointing to the ringside press, shouted: I shook up the world.
I'm the prettiest thing that ever lived. However, Floyd Patterson remained the youngest to win the heavyweight championship, doing so at the age 21 during an elimination bout following Rocky Marciano 's retirement. Mike Tyson broke both records in when he defeated Trevor Berbick to win the heavyweight title at age Ali then faced a rematch with Liston scheduled for May in Lewiston, Maine. It had been scheduled for Boston the previous November, but was postponed for six months due to Ali's emergency surgery for a hernia three days before.
Midway through the first round, Liston was knocked down by a difficult-to-see blow the press dubbed a "phantom punch. Liston rose after he had been down for about 20 seconds, and the fight momentarily continued. However a few seconds later Walcott, having been informed by the timekeepers that Liston had been down for a count of 10, stopped the match and declared Ali the winner by knockout .
The entire fight lasted less than two minutes.
Proposed motivations include threats on his life from the Nation of Islam, that he had bet against himself and that he "took a dive" to pay off debts. Slow-motion replays show that Liston was jarred by a chopping right from Ali, although it is unclear whether the blow was a genuine knockout punch.
Floyd Patterson Ali defended his title against former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson on November 22, Before the match, Ali mocked Patterson, who was widely known to call him by his former name Cassius Clay, as an " Uncle Tom ", calling him "The Rabbit".
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Although Ali clearly had the better of Patterson, who appeared injured during the fight, the match lasted 12 rounds before being called on a technical knockout. Patterson later said he had strained his sacroiliac. Ali was criticized in the sports media for appearing to have toyed with Patterson during the fight .
Stratton claims that the conflict between Ali and Patterson was not genuine but was staged to increase ticket sales and the closed-circuit viewing audience, with both men complicit in the theatrics.
Stratton also cites an interview by Howard Cosell in which Ali explained that rather than toying with Patterson, he refrained from knocking him out after it became apparent Patterson was injured. Patterson himself later said that he'd never been hit by punches as soft as Ali's.
Stratton states that Ali arranged the second fight with the financially struggling Patterson to help the former champion earn enough money to pay a debt to the IRS. The company mainly handled Ali's boxing promotions and pay-per-view closed-circuit television broadcasts.
The company's stockholders were mainly fellow Nation of Islam members, along with several others, including Bob Arum. But in February Ali was reclassified by the Louisville draft board as 1-A from 1-Y, and he indicated that he would refuse to serve, commenting to the press, "I ain't got nothing against no Viet Cong ; no Viet Cong never called me nigger.
The bout drew a record-breaking indoor crowd of 35, people. Williams had once been considered among the hardest punchers in the heavyweight division, but in he had been shot at point-blank range by a Texas policeman, resulting in the loss of one kidney and 10 feet 3.
Ali dominated Williams, winning a third-round technical knockout in what some consider the finest performance of his career. Ali fought Terrell in Houston on February 6, Terrell, who was unbeaten in five years and had defeated many of the boxers Ali had faced, was billed as Ali's toughest opponent since Liston; he was big, strong and had a three-inch reach advantage over Ali.
During the lead up to the bout, Terrell repeatedly called Ali "Clay", much to Ali's annoyance. The two almost came to blows over the name issue in a pre-fight interview with Howard Cosell. Ali seemed intent on humiliating Terrell.
In the eighth round, Ali taunted Terrell, hitting him with jabs and shouting between punches, "What's my name, Uncle Tom Terrell claimed that early in the fight Ali deliberately thumbed him in the eye, forcing him to fight half-blind, and then, in a clinch, rubbed the wounded eye against the ropes. Because of Ali's apparent intent to prolong the fight to inflict maximum punishment, critics described the bout as "one of the ugliest boxing fights. After Ali's title defense against Zora Folley on March 22, he was stripped of his title due to his refusal to be drafted to army service.
He paid a bond and remained free while the verdict was being appealed. Exile and comeback In MarchAli refused to be inducted into the armed forces. He was systematically denied a boxing license in every state and stripped of his passport. As a result, he did not fight from March to October —from ages 25 to almost 29—as his case worked its way through the appeals process before his conviction was overturned in During this time of inactivity, as opposition to the Vietnam War began to grow and Ali's stance gained sympathy, he spoke at colleges across the nation, criticizing the Vietnam War and advocating African American pride and racial justice.
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