Muhammad Ali: The Olympic Champ Who Threw His Medal Into River – Mohammed Ali: Disgusted with apartheid, was thrown Olympic gold medal in the river

Mohammed Ali is a boxer hardly known in the world, who is called the greatest heavyweight boxer in the history of the sport. He was a three-time heavyweight champion. He was known for applying footwork and vigorous punch. He was born on 17 January 1942 and died on 3 June 2016. He won titles in the heavyweight championships in 1964, 1974 and 1978. He was the only heavyweight champion to win the Lenial Championship three times.

In 1975, he claimed in his autobiography that he threw his gold medal into the Ohio River shortly after returning from the Rome Olympics. Ali did this because he was not allowed to go to a restaurant that was made for whites. Ali, 6 feet & inches tall, fought 61 battles in a career and won 56. He faced defeat only five times.

Mohammed Ali made of Cassius clay
Ali was a Christian and his name was Cassius Clay. Mohammed Ali had written a letter to his wife asking her the reason for adopting Islam, and revealed that a cartoon printed in the newspaper caught her attention.

Cycle theft and boxing obsession
When Ali was 12 years old, his father’s bicycle was stolen as a gift. At the behest of police officer Martin, Ali decided to learn boxing. Ali learned boxing over the next 6 weeks under Martin’s supervision.


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