King Of The Ring

King Of The Ring

Muhammad Ali - King Of The Ring

"If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologise."
A tribute to the legend that was....

A career record of 56 wins later (seven by knockout, against five losses), Muhammad Ali was known in the ring for his lighting speed. Born in 1942 as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. he picked up his first pair of gloves at the age of 12. The interesting and coincidental part of his life is when he reported a stolen bike to Office Joe Martin. And as fate would have it, Joe also happened to be a boxing trainer, he advised that if Cassius wanted to strike down the person who stole his bike, he'd better learn to box.

Few years later, Cassius won six Kentucky Golden Gloves championships, two National Golden Gloves and two National Amateur Athletic Union titles. Also won a gold medal as a light heavyweight at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. Post this, he turned to professional boxing, and won 19 consecutive fights.

Cassius was known to have a 'silver tongue', and trash talked his opponents to shame. Self proclaimed as 'the greatest', one couldn't miss his bravado, epic showmanship and brashness that would infatuate even a first-timer watching his game. His signature line from Liston fight being:
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee... his hands can't hit what his eyes can't see.'

Thought one of the most controversial moments in his career, was his name change to Muhammad Ali and the conversion to Islam. His beliefs on peace, led him to turn down the US government's offer to join the Vietnam war. Dueto which he was stripped off his heavyweight title, passport and boxing licenses for over three and a half years.

Ali made his return to the ring in 1970, and continued to nurture the winning streak against heavyweights like Joe Frazier and George Foreman. Announcing his retirement in 1981, the larger-than-life boxer became a victim of Parkinson's. Losing most of his motor skills and ability to speak distinctly. But that never failed to inspire the youth of the next generation of athletes.

Despite his condition, Ali continued his quest for peace as a US ambassador from 1985. He secured the release of American hostages in Lebanon and Iraq, and was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in 1997. In 1998, he was given the honour of being the United Nations Messenger of Peace.

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We've been celebrating Muhammad Ali's life at the office, and sourced out the best quotes that best describe the person he was, is and forever will be.

"I hated every minute of training, but i said, 'don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion."

"If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologise."

"Braggin' is when a person says something and can't do it. I do what I say."

"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."

"It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe."

"Service to other is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth."

"A man who has no imagination has no wings."

"Live everyday as if it were you last because someday you're going to be right."

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