Muhammad Ali

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Muhammad Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky on January 17, 1942. His birth name was Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr but, after converting to Islam in March 1964 his name was changed to Muhammad Ali. Ali is a legendary boxer; he is also a well-known social activist and philanthropist. Ali was the Golden Gloves champion in 1959, and earned his Olympic gold medal in 1960. In 1964, he became the world’s heavyweight champion. Ali was considered to be among the greatest athletes and was regarded as an American hero. In 1967, Ali was found guilty of declining to be inducted into the US military due to which, the boxing association suspended him from boxing for three and a half years and took away his title. He returned to the ring in 1970. In 1971, Ali’s bout with Joe Frazier was termed as the “Fight of the Century. He regained his World’s heavyweight champion’s title in 1974 by defeating George Foreman, who was the champion in 1973. On November 9, 2005, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Ali has two sons and five daughters from his four marriages and two daughters from extramarital relationships. His daughter Laila Ali followed his footsteps to become a boxer in 1999. After retiring, Ali dedicated most of his time to philanthropy. Due to his charity work in the developing nations, he was selected as the United Nations Messenger of Peace, in 1998. Muhammad Ali has endorsed the brand – Brut cologne.