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Muhammad Ali Cassius Marcellus Clay was born in Louisville Kylon January 17 1942 Ali had problems in school at an early stage and felt he had to do something different His future career was fulfilled at 12 When Joe Martin police officer and boxing coach tried to get Ali started with boxing At the age of 16 Ali had won two Golden Glove Titles two National AAU Titles he was by now nationally recognized When the 1960 Rome Olympic Game was about to take off Ali was provided with an opportunity to represent his country At this point he had fought 103 amateur matches and had only lost five Ali went with Olympic team to Rome and ended winning the gold medal When he got back to his hometown Louisville he thought that he was going to be treated as a champion but he still was discriminated by the white society Ali decided to throw his Olympic gold medal into the Ohio River because of his anger about the racism in his hometown By the age of 22 Ali had a professional boxing record of 19-0 On February 25 1964 Ali got the heavyweight title shot Through all the media he was considered to be the underdog Before the fight Ali used the media to psyche Sonny Liston He predicted that Sonny will fall in four Ali entered the ring as a 7-1 underdog to the Champ Sonny Liston Ali used his speed and movement to thoroughly outbox the champion Ali became the second youngest champion in history After the fight Ali told the world that his name was now Muhammad Ali and that he had joined the Nation of Islam It put a great effect on his boxing career As the champ he realized his popularity in society and he used it to his power to speak for the Civil Rights He became a political symbol of the black society and maybe most
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