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Transcript of Muhammad Ali
He may also be known as Cassius X, Ali and of course Muhammad Ali. He is also a philanthropist away from his life as a boxer. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Lastly, his birth date is January 17,1942 and he is currently 71. From 1956 to1960: His first award was awarded to him in 1956 for the novice Golden Gloves Championship, fighting as a light- heavyweight.
In 1959 he won the Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions and the National AAU Light-Heavyweight title. -On February 5, 1964 he won the world heavyweight championship at age 22 . Immediately yelling " I shook up the world!" " I shook up the world!"
- On February 26 , 1964 he converts to Islam and has his name changed to Muhammad Ali, which means Praiseworthy One.
- On June 27, 1967 he refuses to fight in the Vietnam war and was stripped of his title for 3 and 1/2 years. He became a symbol of resistance to the war. On September 5, 1960 he won three preliminary bouts and defeated Zbigniew Pietrzkowski from Poland to win the light-heavyweight gold medal. Other achievements from 1956 to 1960 1978 through 1984 -In 1978 there is a street named after him in his home town. What was Walnut Street is now Muhammad Ali Boulevard.
- December 12, 1981, at age 39, one day after losing to Trevor Berbick, he announces that his boxing career is over.
- 1984 he announces that he is diagnosed with Parkinsons' disease. 1990 through present In 1990 he visits Iraq and negotiates the release of 14 US hostages from Saddam Hussein. How it started: In August 1960 he wins a coveted spot on the U.S.A. Olympic team. He nearly refuses to join the team because of his fear of flying, but finally agreed to fly only if he had his parachute on. His achievements, He is the World Light-Heavyweight Champion less than six years after his bike was stolen in Louisiana. Becoming an Icon In 1996 he lit the flame in Atlanta, Georgia for the Olympic games.
In the present, his celebrity fight night makes $45 million for the Muhammad Ali center and large sums for other charities as well. In 2005 he is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom; the highest US civilian honor. Also the Muhammad Ali center opens in Louisville.