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Muhammed AliIn some peoples eyes Muhammed Ali is the greatest boxer ever He has always been classified as great He was even classified as the greatest athlete in the 20th century by Sports Illustrated He was the first to win the heavyweight title three times He was a worldwide entertainer and millions of people enjoyed watching his style He was also very controversial because of his religious beliefs his name change from Cassius Clay to Muhammed Ali and his refusal to fight in the Vietnam War Muhammed Ali grew up in Louisville Kentucky but he was known as Cassius Clay He lived a normal life until the age of twelve when his bicycle was stolen during a local convention of the Louisville Service Club Clay wanted to report the crime and went to find a police officer He found Joe Martin an officer and a boxing coach at the Columbia Gym Clay told Martin Im going to whip the person who stole my bike Martin then proceeded to tell Clay that if he wanted to do that he should come to the gym and learn how to fight properly Clay was a small man when he started boxing as an amateur he weighed only eighty-nine pounds Clay would soon become the man to see at the Columbia Gym Joe Martins wife said that Clay was an overall nice guy He was polite and always did what he was asked to do He carried his Bible with him all the time read when he could and loved it Throughout his amateur career and high school Clay worked at the Nazareth College Library Clay also was viewed as a kid obsessed with boxing Clay got bigger and stronger as his talents grew Sometimes to keep in shape Clay would race the city buses to school Bettie Johnson a school counselor said Clay wasnt a good student and if he had not been a boxer
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