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Widely considered to be the Greatest Heavyweight in boxing history, Muhammad Ali definitely made a dent in American Culture, and not just with his fists!

Ali was born under the name Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., in Louisville Kentucky, 1942. His first introduction to the ring came from Joe E. Martin, a local boxing coach and police officer, who convinced the young champ to learn to box after a thief stole his bicycle. By the end of his career, Ali reigned with 56 wins, 37 of which were total knockouts.

Ali was an influential figure for more than just his boxing. In his early twenties, the boxer converted to Islam, where he changed his name to Muhammad Ali. He was also considered a draft dodger during the Vietnam War, refusing to enlist because he had “no problem with the Vietcong.” This form of personal protest was damaging to his career as fans felt it was unpatriotic. He made a comeback with his legendary fight against Joe Frazier in 1971, even though it resulted in his first ever loss.

In 1984, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, caused by extensive head trauma during his career. He remained a public figure, making television appearances, and political missions. Though he had a negative history with the military, he stood for the military and spoke at functions and charities.

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