A tight nerved boxer and a social activist, Muhammad Ali; a sport engraved personality was the most eloquent heavyweight sportsman recognized till date. He was born in a low facilitated family where his father painted bill boards and signs for their living. Boxing started to flow in his veins when he was just 12. His hard work for long haul and his wrath for the sport made him to glare at an early age. He had written handful of quotes and books which had been inspiring since the dateline. However, the person is no more among us, but his colloquy and toil will live forever.
“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”
What more can one define about the person who is nicknamed as ‘The Greatest’. Sadly, if he is not in your knowledge than here you get a second chance to rectify your mistake and know about the legend. He was an American professional boxer, and the only fighter to acquire heavyweight title for three times, who has made his name since his amateur days only. His amateur career was influenced by Martin, a police officer, who became his first trainer also. Muhammad Ali, full name Cassius Macellus Clay, Jr had written several quotes and had always reflected his words through his work.
“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.”
He was born on 17 January, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky, born to fight, born to achieve, born to be great. This man had turned 56 wins on his side in his entire career, and 5 losses. His first match took place in 1954 and the next in 1956 which he won; following this he won National Golden Gloves Tournament in 1959 and also the Amateur Athletic Union’s national title. His tremendous wins earned him a seat in US Olympic boxing team in 1960 and he achieved what his heart always believed.
“Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.”
Muhammad Ali has been a controversial figure of his times due to his vocal attitude and his style in vogue of passing remarks to his opponents. His witticism was unique. He was sonant about numerous issues like race, religion and politics as well. He was strictly against racism and that showed well in his terms. Also his religious beliefs were so strong and bent towards Islam that he got converted to Islam and also refused to serve in Vietnam War which cost him a suspension of 3 years from boxing.
“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”
The issue of Vietnam War was severe; he lost his license as well as his heavyweight belt and then a sentence of 5 years plus the fine of $10,000, but nothing could stop him from doing what he wanted to. He spoke at public places about the War and gained their confidence again and returned to the ring back with a bang in the 10th month of the year 1970.He also reclaimed his heavyweight tag and continued his journey.
“Don’t count the days, make the days count.”
Unfortunately, Mr. Ali, one of the most enormous sporting figures of 20th century died last Friday, i.e. 3rd June, 2016. He had made every single day of his life worth remembering. He didn’t scoot a single day which could deny his identity. He was honored by so many titles like, Fighter of the Year, Sportsman of the century, The Greatest and so on. He was inducted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. His performance and accomplishments can never be ignored. He will always live through his work like a true legend!