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Boxing is often referred to as the Manly Art of Self Defense It is a respectable sport that is rough Boxing takes place in a sixteen to twenty four foot square area that is known as a boxing ring To be a great Boxer a person would consist of fast having great strength stamina and haveing a mind that is in full control One boxer that I know of that has all of the traits I just listed is Muhammad Ali Ali was raised in a small home in Louisville Kentucky Ali began taking boxing lessons when he was twelve years oldHe spent his teen years at the gym molding both his body and mind into true campionAs a high school student he won the national Golden Gloves middleweight championship in 1959 and 1960 and the AAU national light heavyweight title in 1960 then went on to a gold medal in the Olympic light heavyweight division He had his first professional fight on October 29 1960 Ali was a underdog when he met Sonny Liston for the heavyweight championship on February 25 1964 But he won the fight when Liston failed to come out for the 8th round This win made Muhammad Ali the heavy weight champion of the world Shortly after becoming champion Ali announced that he had become a Black Muslim and changed his name to Muhammad Ali He defended the title eight times in the next twenty months In the meantime he had refused to join into the Army As a result his license was revoked by the New York State Boxing Commission his title was stripped and he was sentenced to five years in prison for draft evasion I believe this was a big mistake Muhammad Ali was not scared to join the army but it was against his beliefs His refusal to be join into the military created the largest controversy of his life
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