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Muhammad Ali dies at age 74

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  1. swoop

    swoop Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    MUHAMMAD Ali has died at age 74.

    The three-time boxing world champion passed away in a Phoenix hospital surrounded by his family, a spokespoerson confirmed to NBC News. He was admitted to the hospital on Friday (Australian time) with a respiratory problem, which rapidly worsened and saw him placed on life support.

    Sources close to the family said funeral arrangements were being made in Ali’s final hours.

    Known worldwide as “The Greatest of All Time”, a larger-than-life character with a wit matched only by his boxing skills, Ali was undoubtedly the most famous sportsman who ever lived.

    He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for more than three decades and kept a low profile in recent years.

    At the height of his career, Ali was known for his dancing feet and quick fists and his ability, as he put it, to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.

    He retired from boxing in 1981 with a 56-5 record. Ali’s diagnosis of Parkinson’s came about three years after he retired.

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    Muhammad Ali: The Greatest of All Time.Source: News Corp Australia

    Ali, born in Louisville, Kentucky, as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr, changed his name in 1964 after his conversion to Islam.

    He was an Olympic boxing light-heavyweight gold medallist at Rome 1960 before launching his professional career the same year. He first won the heavyweight world title against Sonny Liston on February 25, 1964.

    He was effectively stripped of the title for refusing to fight with the US armed forces in Vietnam, with the heavy price he paid for standing by his principles (“No Vietcong ever called me nigger”) making him a polarising figure at the time but later cementing his legend. Stripped of his boxing license, he did not fight from March 1967 to October 1970 (ages 25 to almost 29).

    After returning in 1971, he lost a title shot to Joe Frazier in “The Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden, a result he avenged in 1974 - though Frazier had already lost the title to George Foreman.

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    Muhammad Ali after retaining his world heavyweight title in 1965.Source: News Limited
    Ali’s win gave him a shot at Foreman in one of boxing’s most legendary fights: The Rumble in the Jungle in Zaire, in October 1974. Ali won by eight-round knockout, having exhausted his bigger, stronger and younger rival by tricking him into punching himself out via the “rope-a-dope”.

    Ali won a trilogy fight against Joe Frazier, the famous “Thrilla in Manila” in October 1975. He also had a trilogy match against Ken Norton, who once broke his jaw, the following year and took a heavily-contested decision.

    Ali lost his title to Leon Spinks early in 1978 but reclaimed it the same year via an uninspiring unanimous decision, making him an unprecedented three-time world heavyweight champ.

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    Muhammad Ali in 2006.Source: Getty Images
    He briefly retired but returned to fight former sparring partner Larry Holmes in an ill-fated title match in 1980, resulting in his only knockout loss. His last fight was against Trevor Berbick on December 11, 1981 in Nassau - a 10-round decision loss.

    He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984, a condition that became gradually more debilitating. He made an extraordinary public appearance in 1996 at the Atlanta Olympics, touching the world’s heart as he trembled while lighting the flame.

    He received the highest US civilian honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 2005. In his later years, he was rarely seen in public.

    Ali was married four times, for seven daughters and two sons. One daughter, Laila, followed in her father’s footsteps and became a boxing world champion. She was never beaten.

    http://www.foxsports.com.au/boxing/...4/news-story/90bd3f2a7af354f7d2a27d9199290f86..
     
  2. Killer03

    Killer03 Well-Known Member

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    The Greatest....rip.
     
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  3. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

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    RIP, one of the greatest ever (and I don't even like boxing)
     
  4. Andrew..

    Andrew.. Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I love watching a bit of boxing and in my opinion this guy was truly the best.
    RIP.
     
  5. swoop

    swoop Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    He was the BLACK SUPERMAN. RIP
     
  6. Moondog

    Moondog Grey-beard loon Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Remember we got to watch the Clay vs Liston fight at school, pretty sure Liston would have beaten any of the champs of recent years including Tyson...Ali was great because the blokes he fought were also great.
     
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  7. Harvies elbow

    Harvies elbow Well-Known Member

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    One of the things I count myself lucky to have seen is Muhammad Ali at his best
     
  8. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Remember skipping a class at boarding school to watch the Thrilla in Manila :giggle:

    The ravages of a brain disease took him off the public arena too early:(

    RIP :angel:
     
  9. CBreeagles

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    RIP not just an amazing boxer but an even better person.
     
  10. Moondog

    Moondog Grey-beard loon Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Not just a pretty face.
     
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  11. wedgetail eagle

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    Ali changed things, even beyond the boundaries of sport, a gutsy bloke. Even as a silly kid in 60's country NSW, I was aware of him.
    I remember reading a Newspaper billboard at the time, about his Army refusal, when he was Clay.
     
  12. Terry Zarsoff

    Terry Zarsoff Well-Known Member

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    Remember that farcical contest he had with a Japanese wrestler (non-Sumo variety) back in 1976?
     
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  13. Eagle1

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    The greatest ever may you rest in peace.
     
  14. Fibro Eagle

    Fibro Eagle Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Floats like butterfly and stills like bee
    He was the greatest
     
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  15. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    He was The Champ.

    Cassius Clay is will live on forever.
     
  16. Beer buzzard

    Beer buzzard Only tipsy on gamedays 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I you ever want to show our players what heart is tell them to watch thrilla in manilla
     
  17. Harvies elbow

    Harvies elbow Well-Known Member

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    Yeah. What the hell was his people smoking to get him into that. The wrestler just lay on the canvas kicking him in the shins to my recollection. And I think Ali got some sort of infection from it. Possibly the stupidest thing I've ever seen in sport.
     
  18. Harvies elbow

    Harvies elbow Well-Known Member

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    Yep. Does things to your mental state watching that. Good choice
     
  19. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    All others are a pale imitation
     
  20. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Not many sportspeople had the reach Ali did. Great athlete and a modern day icon. Boxing isn't really kosher these days with the PC set, but Ali plied his trade when it was fair dinkum and if your were heavy weight champion of the world you were indeed a champion. He really was one of a kind. Such an intelligent man so it was sad to see his slow decline.
     
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