Muhammad Ali Passes At 74

Muhammad Ali

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It’s with a heavy heart that we write today another legend has passed away. Muhammad Ali lost his long battle with Parkinson’s this morning after being put on life support just yesterday. The official cause of death is unknown at this time. Boxing was a big sport in my house as a kid. My father who also passed this year loved it. We would always watch the Saturday night fights. He tried to teach me the rules and techniques and terminology of boxing,but to be honest, I still don’t understand it. 2016 has been a hard year when it comes to the iconic people we all know passing.

Cassius Clay was born on January 17th, 1942, better known by his boxing name Muhammad Ali which he legally changed in 1964. He was the first person to ever win 3 heavy weight world championships. In 1960, he took the gold medal in that year’s Summer Olympics winning with a 5-0 decisions over Poland’s Zbigniew Pietrzykowski. In his long career, Ali was part of some of the most historical boxing matches in the sports history. Most Notable was the first Liston fight, three with rival Joe Frazier, and “The Rumble in the Jungle” with George Foreman. During these fight he also regained titles he had been stripped of. By the end of his career he had fought 61 fights, won 56 of them and 37 were by KO. He was also well known for his anti-war speeches and anti-establishment politics coinciding with his boxing achievements.

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

At the age of 42 Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome. Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the central nervous system. With the love and support of his family, he was able to see his daughter become a just as celebrated boxer herself, light the 1996 Olympic flame, and still try to live his life to the fullest with his debilitating disease.

“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.”

It’s very well known that Muhammad Ali was a great man and such an influential part to boxing and sports, in addition to the world in general. He will be missed but will forever be remembered as “The Greatest.” May you rest in heaven.

“Float like a butterfly. Sting like a bee. You can’t hit what your eyes don’t see.”

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