Muhammad Ali, 74, had 61 professional bouts as a boxer. He was undeniably the greatest boxer to ever step into the ring. He amassed 56 wins, 37 by knockout. In the wake of his death, which was confirmed just after midnight on June 4th, let’s celebrate the career highlights of the amazing boxer who changed the world.
The Fight of the Century
It was Ali’s only loss to Joe Frazier. In 1971, in New York City, Ali stepped into the ring as a 31-0 heavy weight champion. Joe won the fight by decision after 15 brutal rounds.
The Rumble in the Jungle
Every amazing Ali fight has a great name and this one qualifies for both. Ali was 32 years old when he traveled to Zaire, Africa to fight George Foreman. It took Ali 8 rounds to knock out his massive opponent.
The Thrilla in Manila
Ali finally did it. During this, his third fight with Joe Frazier, Ali at last beat his most fierce rival with a knock out. The TKO came in the 15th round of the fight in the Philippines and would be the last time these giants would meet in the ring.
Clay Vs. Liston 1 & 2
In 1964, then Cassius Clay, Ali fought and won his first title when champ Sonny Liston gave up before the 7th round after getting hammered in the 6th. The fight, would go down as one of the greatest moments in the history of American sports. Ali knocked Sonny out in the first round of their rematch, in 1965, which provided Ali’s most iconic image of all time. Ali is photographed in the ring, (pictured above) with his right arm across his chest, his glove in the air, staring down at Sonny on the canvas floor. History is made.
What do you think HollywoodLifers? What is your favorite Ali moment ever? Let us know what you love most about the greatest boxer to ever strap on gloves!