Weigh in with the greatest heavyweight champion of all time
Fast, funny and utterly lethal, Ali is one of the most famous sportsmen who has ever lived. So dominant was he in his chosen sport of boxing that he has transcended his discipline and become an icon. Three times heavyweight champion of the world, Ali is still the boxer to whom all boxers will be compared.
- 1942: Born Cassius Clay in Kentucky , USA
- 1960: Wins Light Heavyweight gold medal at the Rome Olympics
Turns pro and wins first fight against Tunney Hunsaker
- 1964: Knocks out Sonny Liston to become World Heavyweight champion
Names himself Muhammad Ali and admits he is a member of the Nation of Islam
- 1966: Refuses to fight in Vietnam and is stripped of his boxing license
- 1970: Allowed to fight again.
- 1971: Knocked out by Joe Frazier in the ‘Fight of the Century’
- 1974: Knocks out World Champion George Foreman in the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’
- 1978: Dethroned as champion by Leon Spinks
Defeats Spinks to become World Champion for the third time
- 1996: Lights the Olypmic Torch at the Atlanta Summer Games
- 1999: Crowned Sportsman of the Century by Sports Illustrated magazine
- 2001: "Ali" is released, a Hollywood film staring Will Smith