Sunday, 5 June 2016

5 Things You Might Not Know About Muhammad Ali

One of the greatest boxers of all time, Muhammad Ali died two days ago (June 3rd, 2016), at the age of 74.. May his soul rest in peace. Apart from being a great boxer, he was also very good with entertaining his fans during his fights. This is one of the reasons why he was more than just a boxer. Today, I have taken time to compile 5 things you might not know about the great Muhammad Ali.

1.  He Was Married 4 Times
Even though, through the first few years of his boxing career, he kept no female company, and never was once seen with women (some even thought he was gay), he ended up marrying 4 times. He is survived by 7 daughters and 2 sons.

2.  He Married His First Wife Within 4 Weeks of their First Meeting 
At 22, in 1964, Ali he met cocktail waitress, Sonji Roi, and in approximately one month after their first meeting, they got married. But their marriage ended within two years. One of the reasons being  the fact that Sonji wasn't comfortable with some Muslim customs concerning female dressing.

3.  Muhammad Ali Changed His Name After Winning Sonny Liston in 1964
Ali became a Muslim and joined the Nation of Islam sometime in the early 60s. He kept this move silent for some years cos he wasn't sure how the news would affect his career, but when he won Sonny Liston and became the World Heaviest Champion in 1964, he let the world know his new religious views, and he turned his name first to Cassius  X, and then to Muhammad Ali. Before then, he had been going by his birth name, Cassius Clay.

4.  Muhammad Ali Won a Gold Medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics, at 18 Years Old
Before a young Cassius Clay became a pro boxer, he represented his country, U.S.A at the 1960 Summer Olympics, and won the gold medal in the Light Heavyweight boxing category at the Olympics. He was just 18 years old.

5.  Muhammad Ali Visited Nigeria in 1964
Shortly after defeating Sonny Liston and becoming the world heavy weight boxing champion, Muhammad Ali visited Nigeria. Checkout some of the pictures of a 22 year old Muhammad Ali in Nigeria back in 1964.

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