When was Muhammad Ali born, Wife, Children, Death

Muhammad Ali was born on 17 January 1942, Louisville in Kentucky his birth name was Marcellus Clay Jr. By profession he was an American boxer, activist, and philanthropist who was regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. In 1975, he converted to Islam after joining the Nation of Islam, and kept his new name  “Mohammad Ali”. Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1980 so he retired from boxing in 1981. He was truly a legend who inspired young generations around the world. His outspoken and courageous advocacy for social issues for justice made him a public figure even outside the boxing ring.


How tall is Muhammad AliHow tall is Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was born into a Baptist family on January 17, 1942. The height of Mohammad Ali was 6 feet 3 inches (191 cm), and his reach was 78 inches(198 cm). The name of his father was Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr. And Odessa Lee O’Grady. He had a younger brother named Rudolph Valentino Clay who changed his name too after converting to Islam 

As “Rahman Ali”. His Brother is also a famous and professional boxer. Mohammad Ali married four times in his life and he has seven daughters and two sons.

Mohammad Ali attended Central High School in Louisville. He has a dyslexic problem, so he faced reading and writing difficulties at school and much of his life too. Ali grew up amid racial segregation denying giving the water to the store because of his black skin colour.

When did Muhammad Ali start boxing?When did Muhammad Ali start boxing?

Ali’s first time was directed towards boxing by Louisville police officer and boxing coach Joe E. Martin at the age of 12 when his bicycle was stolen by a thief.  Police and coach suggested he learn boxing at the moment but he didn’t like it, but after watching “Tomorrow’s Champion” program on local television. He became a professional boxer at the age of 28. Fred Stoner was his first trainer who trained and mounded his style, system, and stamina. When his amateur career ended, boxing cut man Chuck Bodak.

In 1954 he played his first match against Ronnie O’ Keefe, which he won by split decision. Six Golden titles and two national Golden Gloves titles were earned by him. He won a prestigious light heavyweight gold medal at Summer Olympics in 1960. Muhammad Ali mentioned that he angrily threw his gold medal into the Ohio River after returning from Rome because he wasn’t served well into the hotel he booked for his black skin color, even fought with a gang for it but his friends denied the matter.

how did Muhammad Ali change the world?

In October 1963, Ali made a professional debut against Tunney Hunsaker, even he won six rounds. He also made 19-0 with 15 knockout winning records until the end of 1963. Famous boxers named Tony Esperti, Jim Robinson, Donnie Fleeman, Alonzo Johnson, George Logan, Willi Besmanoff, LaMar Clark, Doug Jones, and Henry Cooper were defeated by him.

His former trainer and veteran boxer Archie Moore was also beaten by him in a 1962 match.

Mohamed Ali was wounded during the early stages of the fight as he was knocked down by Sonny Banks and Cooper. In March 1963, his fight with Doug Jones was the toughest fight of his life because of stretch. Muhammad Ali and Doug Jones fought a ten-round boxing match at Madison Square Garden in New York City on 13 March 1963 which Ali won through points. The Ring magazine later tagged the fight “fight of the year”. Heavyweight champ Sonny Liston watched their fight on television, he said that if he fought with Ali, he might be locked up for murder.

Ali claimed Madison Square Garden was too small for him when he got embarrassed to get in the ring with Alex Miteff Professional wrestler “Gorgeous George” Wagner inspired Ali to self-describe himself “big-mouth and a bragger”. In 1960, Ali left Moore’s camp as he refused to wash dishes and sweep, and he hired Angelo Dundee to be his trainer.

Why is Muhammad Ali famous?

Mohammad Ali registered in the United States military on his 18th birthday and was listed as a 1-A position who was above the 15th percentile in 1962. In 1964, he failed the U.S. armed forces because of his dyslexia problem so he was reclassified to class 1-Y which was only fit for national emergency times. He again got a 1-A position in 1966 but he became edible at the time when the U.S. got involved in the Vietnam War which put him at odds with the white establishment.

Ali declared his refusal to serve army, he also considered himself a conscientious personality in public. He stated the reason that war is against the teachings of the Holy Qur’an so people aren’t supposed to take part in war unless it’s declared by Allah or his messenger even if the people are unbelievers. Moreover, Ali stated that people can defend themselves if they are attacked that’s why he was against the Vietnam War which would kill innocent people through bullets and bombs.

At first, Mohammad Ali became the most hated man in the country, he also received death threats when he refused induction. Many black Americans and others were inspired by Ali.  People who became his supporters also threatened including sports journalist Jerry Izenberg, and The New York Times columnist William Rhoden as they wrote in Ali’s support.

Civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy honored Ali with the Annual Martin Luther King Award in 1970. Ali also gained praise, and respect from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Coretta Scott King.

The National Security Agency(NSA) of the Minaret operation program concluded that the US war against Vietnam is disreputable even though not outright illegal. FBI mentioned him loving as a child after gaining his records as far as elementary school.

When did Muhammad Ali return to boxing

More than three years later Ali returned to the ring in October 1970,  after being banned for Vietnam War opposition. As a result, he won three rounds by beating Jerry Quarry.

Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali fought for the boxing heavyweight championship when both fighters were undefeated of the bout on 8 March 1971. In the game, Joe Frazier won by beating Ali because Frazier knocked him with a left hook in the 15th round. Although Ali lost at home but won other two bouts in 11974 “Super Fight II” and 1975 “Thrilla in Manilla”.

Muhammad Ali Movie

In 1962, Ali did a cameo role in the “Requiem for a Heavyweight” film version. He also acted in “Buck White” music in 1969. Black Rodeo (1972) is a documentary film where he did both a horse and a bull riding scene.

In 1975, His autobiography “The Greatest: My Own Story” in collaboration with Richard Durham was written and published by Muhammad Ali himself, and Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison edited the book. Later, a film titled “The Greatest “was adapted from the book where Ali himself played his role but Ernest Borgnine played “Angelo Dundee” role in 1977. Ali played a former slave and Union (American Civil War) soldier in 1870s Virginia named Gideon Jackson in the 1978 movie “ Freedom Road “.

In 1963, Ali released a spoken word music album on Columbia Records titled, I Am the Greatest which sold 500,000 copies. The album has been identified as rap music and a precursor to hip-hop’s early example. He also recorded the rhythm and blues song “Stand by Me” in 1964.

How many wives did Muhammad Ali have

First Ali married waitress Sonji Roi but the couple got divorced two years after their marriage being childless. The reason for the divorce was that Sonji refused to accept Islam and even did many things against Islam. Ali married Belinda Boyd (Khalilah Ali) on 17 August 1967, and they had four children named Maryam, Jamilah, Rashida, and Mohammad Ali Junior. Even after being married to Khalilah,  he married Veronica Porché Anderson third time, the couple have two daughters named Hana and Laila. The fourth wife of Ali was Yolanda Williams (Lonnie Ali) whom he married on 19 November 1986, they have a son named Assad Amin.

How many kids does Muhammad Ali have

Ali had an affair with 16-year-old Wanda Bolton (Aaisha Ali) with whom he had another daughter named Khaliah (born 1974). Ali married Aaisha in an Islamic ceremony that was not legally recognized as he was still married to Belinda. In January 1985, Aaisha filed complaints against Ali for unpaid palimony. The case was settled when Ali agreed to set up a $200,000 trust fund for his daughter Khaliah. In 2001 Khaliah explained about her thought of thinking he a mistake by her father. Miya (born 1972) was his other daughter who was born from an extramarital relationship with Patricia Harvell.

What happened to Muhammad Ali health

Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome which caused his violent physical activities such as boxing. Ge remained active at the initial stage and later participated as a guest referee at Wrestle Mania.

Ali was known for his humanity and philanthropy because he focused on practicing Islamic duties as per as charity, good deeds, donations to charity organizations, and poor people of all religious backgrounds. He helped to feed more than 22 million poor and helpless people around the world. Ali attended and gave speeches at several black colleges and schools about educational importance. In 1967, he became the first black donor of the United Negro College Fund by donating $10,000.

Ali visited Nigeria and Ghana in 1964. In 1974, he declared support for the Palestinian struggle to liberate their homeland. When he visited a refugee camp in Southern Lebanon. Ali visited Bangladesh after his loss to Spinks and he received honorary citizenship there before winning the rematch.

Later he visited many countries including America, Afghanistan, Russia, the Soviet Union, Iraq, the United Kingdom, Sudan, Ireland, and other countries to help needy people.

In 2012, he received the Philadelphia Liberty Medal award for his lifelong efforts in activism, philanthropy and humanitarianism.

Muhammad Ali net worth

In 1978, Ali’s total fight earnings from fights were estimated at nearly $60 million($364 million inflation), including total revenue of approximately $47.45 million from 1970 to 1978. In 1980, his total earnings from the fight were estimated at $70 million ($337 million inflation).

 In 1978, Ali revealed that he was “bankrupt” and some media reported that his net worth was estimated at $3.5 million ($16 million inflation). The press explained the decline in his fortune to several factors, including taxes that consumed at least half of his income, management that consumed one-third of his income, his lifestyle, and spending on family, charitable and religious purposes.

 In 2006, Ali sold his name and likeness for $50 million, after which property estimated his net worth at $55 million estimates. His assets were estimated at $50 to  $80 million after he died in 2016,

When did Muhammad Ali stop talking

Muhammad Ali’s Parkinson’s syndrome led to him gradual decline in his health although he was still in the early 2000s. He promoted his biopic and contributed an on-camera segment to the America: A Tribute to Heroes benefit concert in 2001.

Ali and Michael J. Fox started working in 1998 to raise awareness and cure for Parkinson’s disease and also encourage donations.

In February 2013, Rahman Ali said that Muhammad could no longer speak so he could die anytime. Ali’s daughter Mariam expressed it as rumors because she had talked to him on the morning of February 3 by phone and he was fine at the time. Ali was hospitalized on 20 December 2014 for pneumonia, and he was hospitalized once again on 15 January 2015 for a urinary tract infection. He was released the next day after being found unresponsive at a guest house in Scottsdale, Arizona.

How old was Muhammad Ali when he diedHow old was Muhammad Ali when he died

Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a respiratory illness at Scottsdale in Arizona on 2 June 2016. Although his condition was fair at the initial stage it worsened, and he died from septic shock on the day at the age of 74. Ali’s death became the number one trending topic on Twitter and Facebook for several days. ABC News, BBC, CNN, and Fox News mostly covered him, and ESPN played his free coverage commercial.

Politicians and sportsmen including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, David Cameron, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, the Miami Marlins, LeBron James, Steph Curry and more paid tribute to Ali. The UFC paid tribute to Ali with a lengthy video tribute package at the 199 event a day after his death for his accomplishments and inspiration.

Ali’s funeral was pre-planned by himself because of his ill health condition for several years. His Janazah prayer service was held at Freedom Hall on the grounds of the Kentucky Exposition Centre on 9 June 2016. His body was buried in Cave Hill Cemetery on 10 June 2016. Ali’s grave is estimated to be seen by one billion people around the world.


Muhammad Ali secured his position as the World’s greatest boxer of all time. A few years, after his death people still remember his face for his achievements and contributions. He will be alive inside the hearts of black people for whom he decided to fight back till his last breath.

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