This is devastating. Muhammad Ali passed away on June 3, at the age of 74. In the wake of this tremendous loss we remember the boxing icon’s life in pictures. Click through the gallery to check them out.
The world has lost an incredibly brave and ferocious sports icon! Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74 in a Phoenix hospital. We cannot believe the sad news. So we’re remembering the former heavyweight champion’s charismatic personality and amazing talent in pictures. Check out some of his best shots over the years here.
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Muhammad has been rankest one of the most recognized sports figures of the last 100 years and dubbed The Greatest. After making his professional debut in 1960, Muhammad, who was formerly known as Cassius Clay, competed in a series of fights, defeating almost every fighter that stepped into the ring with him. Cassius quickly became a controversial opponent, known for trash talking his opponents and boasting his own talents. Quotes like, “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,’ still rings in may fans’ ears.
At just the age of 22, he became the youngest to take the title from a reigning heavyweight champion. Between February 1964 and September 1964, he reigned as the undisputed heavyweight boxing champion. Incredible! And former boxer remains the only three-time, world heavyweight champion, winning titles in 1964, 1974, and 197. Now that’s talent!
In addition to boxing, Muhammad Ali also made headlining in a different respect. In 1967, he refused to join the U.S. military draft, citing his beliefs and opposition to America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. He was eventually arrested, stripped of his heavyweight title, and found guilty of draft evasion charges. He didn’t fight for four years, before an appeal overturned the ruling in 1971.
The former heavyweight champion’s courageous spirit in and out of the ring made him an icon in the sports world and beloved by many.
Leading up to his death, HollywoodLife.com reported that Muhammad had been hospitalized in June 2016 due to a respiratory issue. But unfortunately this wasn’t the first time he’s been hospitalized. Muhammad, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome in 1984, has suffered from a number of different complications. In December 2014, he was hospitalized for a urinary tract infection. And just a few weeks later he was back in the hospital before his 73rd birthday.
Unfortunately, Muhammad was not able to overcome these complications and died after battling a respiratory infection. He is remembered by his nine children, including undefeated champion, Laila Ali, and his wife, Yolanda Williams.
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