Muhammad Ali

Cassius Clay better known as Muhammad Ali is by far the greatest boxer of all time.
"King of the World" by David Reminick is a very detailed biography of Muhammad and
good documentation how boxing used to be. The book takes you on a journey behind
the scenes of Alli's rise to the top and boxing run in with La Costra Nostra.

On an October afternoon in 1954 when Cassius was 12 he left his 60 dollar red Schwinn
outside the Columbia Auditorium to visit a bazaar. When he and his friends left he
realizes that his new bike was stolen. Cassius was in a tearing rage and someone said
that there was a police officer in the basement of a boxing gym. He went in demanding
a statewide bike hunt and threatening to beat the hell out of whoever had stolen it.
The officer Joe Martin asked Cassius if he could fight, and Cassius said no, so Martin
invited him to come to the gym and learn how to box, so he could get pay back on the
bicycle thief. This is the story of how Cassius first got interested and determined to
become a great boxer.

He also showed determinations when he brought home and Olympic gold medal. He
trained very hard for our country and did a really good job.

Even back then he ran his trashed talked his opponents, like in his first match he fought
he one by a spit decision, after he found out he had one he shouted he would soon be
"the greatest of all time". Know one knew at the time that his boasts would soon be
the truth.

Cassius mouth has gotten him a lot of key matches in his career. He gained his first
title shot form Sonny Liston this way. One of his famous quotes was "I'm so mean I
make medicine sick."

He ran his mouth so often that people thought he ran his mouth just to psyche him
self-out for the matches. That is said to be how he one all of his matches. Before the
Liston fight he charted a bus around with signs that read "We all love Cassius Clay",
"Without Cassius the game is dead! "March on Liston's camp." "BEAR HUNTIN'."

Cassius first heavy weight title shot was against Sonny Liston a very big man who
would give Mike Tyson a good run for his money. There was a lot of hype surrounding
their first fight. Cassius ran his mouth so much that everyone thought that Liston was
going to kill Clay. Liston actually threatened to kill Clay.

The day of the fight the tension in the air was so thick you could cut it with a knife. In
the ring before they touched gloves and Cassius told Liston "I've got you now, sucker!"

Cassius knew that he could not match Liston's power, so he danced. Liston could land
a punch on Clay all night. By the sixth round Liston knew he was going down that night
with the quickness. It has been said but not proven that Sonny instructed his assistant
to juice his gloves. This is were you rub ferric chloride on a pair of boxing gloves, which
is a stinging solution that tends to blind. During the fourth round Cassius's eyes began
to sting. He lost his vision and the sixth round. By the seventh he gained it back and
came back with the knock out. He screamed "Eat your words!" Cassius was now world
heavy weight champion.

A rematch happened between Clay and Liston on May 25, 1965. Very early in the
match Cassius knocked out Liston with the infamous "phantom punch". This punch was
thrown so quickly that it almost escaped even the eye of the camera. Before the
referee counted to ten Cassius was over Liston shouting "Get up and fight, you bum!
You're supposed to be so bad! Nobody will believe this!" Liston was out cold. The crowd
shouted "FAKE!" It has never been proven that Liston actually threw the fight.

Muhammad was baptized Catholic, but got very interested with The Nation of Islam. In
the beginning of his career he had to hide his interests in "The Nation", because he felt
that the public was not ready for his conversion. In an interview he was once asked if
he was a Muslim, and he replied "I am not Muslim, but they are the cleanest people I
have ever met."

When Cassius Clay converted to Muslim he changed his name to Muhammad Alli. He