Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee with Muhammad Ali
Fast, funny and almost unbeatable, 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 became 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: Won Light Heavyweight gold medal at the Rome Olympics. Turned pro and won first fight against Tunney Hunsaker
- 1964: Knocked out Sonny Liston to become World Heavyweight champion. Named himself Muhammad Ali and admitted he was a member of the Nation of Islam
- 1966: Refused to fight in Vietnam and was stripped of his boxing license
- 1970: Allowed to fight again
- 1971: Knocked out World Champion George Foreman in the "Rumble in the Jungle"
- 1978: Dethroned as champion by Leon Spinks. Defeated Spinks to become World Champion for the third time
- 1999: Crowned Sportsman of the Century by Sports Illustrated magazine