Muhammad Ali Biography
Name: Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.
Birth date: January 17, 1942 - June 3, 2016
Profession: professional boxer
Best works: Gold medallist in 1960 Olympics, Heavy weight champion
Why you should read it: he was a social activist compromised with racial rights and even risked his professional career. He is one of a kind, his charisma and charm were legendary.
Muhammad Ali or Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., was a professional boxer and political activist. But for many he represents the ultimate fighter or simply the best boxer of all times. The legacy of Ali surpasses that of the sport alone, he was one of the most famous activists and conscientious objector to the war that made him an icon for the counterculture generation.
Muhammad Ali was controversial and inspiring, and his last fight against George Foreman is legendary. He has inspired many biographies, movies and documentaries. Not bad for a "criminal". His criminal records states "draft evasion", he was sentenced 5 years in prison but he did not serve and instead paid a US$ 10,000 fine and was banned from boxing for 3 years.
Married 4 times, had 9 children in total. One of his daughters, Laila Ali, turned professional boxer and competed from 1999 to 2007.
Cassius Clay converted to Islam, therefore being a muslim he changed his given name for the best known Muhammad Ali.