It’s Muhammed Ali’s Birthday … This One is For You Champ!
Today is the day a true boxing legend, and one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century, was born and its non-other than Muhammed Ali. He’s not only remembered for his boxing career Boxer, but also he was considered a Philanthropist and a Social Activist.
In order to commemorate his memory, we decided to compile everything you need to know about the Legend, Muhammed Ali.
Ali managed to win his first Olympic gold medal in 1960, and in 1964 he became the World’s Heavy Weight Champion. Ali was on fire at the time, but his fire kind of faded when he was suspended and sentenced to five years in prison for refusing to join the army. After he was released, he managed to come back and win the heavyweight title twice during the 1970s.
Ali is also famous for defeating some of the greatest boxers of all time such as Joe Frazier and George Foreman, finishing off his career with an impressive record of (59 wins-5 losses) with 37 knockouts.
Finally, his boxing career came to a halt after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984, but still, that didn’t stop him. Ali devoted his life to philanthropy, that earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. Ali always wanted to be more than a boxer and to help make the world a better place. His work as an ambassador for peace began in 1985, when he flew to Lebanon to help in the release of four hostages.
Ali also has made goodwill missions to Afghanistan and North Korea and he also delivered over $1 million in medical aid to Cuba. He traveled to Iraq to secure the release of 15 United States hostages during the first Gulf War and journeyed to South Africa to meet Nelson Mandela upon his release from prison.
His most recent attempt was to free two American hikers held captive in Iran reinforces his tireless commitment to promoting freedom, tolerance, and humanity around the world. In addition to his international efforts, Ali is equally devoted to helping charities at home. He has visited countless numbers of hospitals, and helped organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Special Olympics.
Ali always felt the need to serve those overseas, providing over 232 million meals to the world’s hungry. Ali has hand-delivered food and medical supplies to children in Cote D’Ivoire, Indonesia, Mexico, and Morocco, among other countries.
Later on, Ali’s devotion and passion towards peace and humanity earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. Ali died on June 3, 2016.