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9 Facts About The Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali That Made Him 'The Greatest Ever'

The father of all the boxers, the legendary Muhammad Ali left the world on June 3rd, 2016 at the age of 74, after a 32-year-long battle with Parkinson's disease. Millions of fans around the world were left shocked and they didn't exactly know how to react to the sad news for they thought that their idol was immortal. If you consider his achievements and bravery in the ring, it was hard to believe that his health was not doing good since so many years.His life is an inspiration. When he stepped into the ring, his eyes saw shivering legs of all of his opponents. He used to make it sure to not take too much time of his busy challengers by ending their challenge within the very first of the rounds.Cutting talks short, ladies and gentlemen, we bring to you, the ultimate champion of all time, weighing a 210 pounds, all the way from the United States of America, MUHAMMAD ALIIII....

#9 His gloves bore him more money than his fight with Sonny Liston.

The equipment an athlete uses is nothing lesser important than his body parts and the fans of those sportsmen know the value of those sports gears. This becomes the reason of high bidding that these gears get when put on auction. The gloves that Ali wore almost 50 years ago were auctioned at $836,000 while his Heavyweight title win gave him just $630,000.

#8 His Olympic Gold is in the Ohio River.

When he came back after winning an Olympic Gold in 1960, he threw his medal from a bridge into the Ohio River so as to protest against the racism.

#7 He fought a famous bout at 4 am.

In 1974, Ali fought the then undefeated 25-year-old George Foreman at 4 in the morning only to give him the taste of defeat in the eighth round of the match.

#6 He recorded an album of spoken verse.

The album was called "I am the greatest" where he performed a poetry.

#5 He had Irish roots.

His great-grandfather Abe Grady was an Irishman, and he went to the US back in the 1860s. His marriage with a slave leads to the birth of Ali's mother.

#4 Ali faced a professional ban for three years.

When the Vietnam war broke, Ali was asked by the US government to join the military operations, which he denied straightly. This incident led to 5 years of imprisonment and a fine of $10,000. The A year later, the supreme court overturned his conviction.

#3 He changed his name to Cassius X.

Due to some religious reasons, as is claimed, Ali changed his name the very next morning of his famous win over Liston.

#2 His original name was named in the honour of white abolitionist.

The fighter was named for Cassius Marcellus Clay, a 19th-century anti-slavery crusader who emancipated the 40 slaves he inherited from his father.

#1 A Schwinn bike was behind his boxing career.

The incident took place when Ali was just 12-year-old (he was called Clay), his brand new gifted bike got stolen and he reached the local police, crying. Joe Martin, the policeman then asked the furious Clay to learn boxing. Six weeks later, Clay won his first bout in a split decision.