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Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by Ebbunwa(m): 5:31am On Jun 04, 2016
The legendary Muhammad Ali has gone to meet his ancestors , may his soul continue to RIP.


Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74, a family spokesman has said.

The former world heavyweight boxing champion, one of the world's best-known sportsmen, died at a hospital in the US city of Phoenix in Arizona state after being admitted on Thursday.

He was suffering from a respiratory illness, a condition that was complicated by Parkinson's disease.

The funeral will take place in Ali's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, his family said in a statement.
Ali dies: Live reaction
Obituary: Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali in his own words

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Ali shot to fame by winning light-heavyweight gold at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

Nicknamed "The Greatest", the American beat Sonny Liston in 1964 to win his first world title and became the first boxer to capture a world heavyweight title on three separate occasions.
He eventually retired in 1981, having won 56 of his 61 fights.

Ali had been suffering from respiratory problems
Crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC, Ali was noted for his pre- and post-fight talk and bold fight predictions just as much as his boxing skills inside the ring.

But he was also a civil rights campaigner and poet who transcended the bounds of sport, race and nationality.

Asked how he would like to be remembered, he once said: "As a man who never sold out his people. But if that's too much, then just a good boxer. I won't even mind if you don't mention how pretty I was."
Ali turned professional immediately after the Rome Olympics and rose through the heavyweight ranks, delighting crowds with his showboating, shuffling feet and lightning reflexes.

British champion Henry Cooper came close to stopping Clay, as he was still known, when they met in a non-title bout in London in 1963.

Cooper floored the American with a left hook, but Clay picked himself up off the canvas and won the fight in the next round when a severe cut around Cooper's left eye forced the Englishman to retire.




Ali (r) knocked down George Foreman in the 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle"
Won Olympic light-heavyweight gold in 1960
Turned professional that year and was world heavyweight champion from 1964 to 1967, 1974 to 1978 and 1978 to 1979
Had 61 professional bouts, winning 56 (37 knockouts, 19 decisions), and losing five (4 decisions, 1 retirement)
In February the following year, Clay stunned the boxing world by winning his first world heavyweight title at the age of 22.
He predicted he would beat Liston, who had never lost, but few believed he could do it.
Yet, after six stunning rounds, Liston quit on his stool, unable to cope with his brash, young opponent.
At the time of his first fight with Liston, Clay was already involved with the Nation of Islam, a religious movement whose stated goals were to improve the spiritual, mental, social, and economic condition of African Americans in the United States.
But in contrast to the inclusive approach favoured by civil rights leaders like Dr Martin Luther King, the Nation of Islam called for separate black development and was treated by suspicion by the American public.
Ali eventually converted to Islam, ditching what he perceived was his "slave name" and becoming Cassius X and then Muhammad Ali.

In 1967, Ali took the momentous decision of opposing the US war in Vietnam, a move that was widely criticised by his fellow Americans.
He refused to be drafted into the US military and was subsequently stripped of his world title and boxing licence. He would not fight again for nearly four years.
After his conviction for refusing the draft was overturned in 1971, Ali returned to the ring and fought in three of the most iconic contests in boxing history, helping restore his reputation with the public.

He was handed his first professional defeat by Joe Frazier in the "Fight of the Century" in New York on 8 March 1971, only to regain his title with an eighth-round knockout of George Foreman in the "Rumble in the Jungle" in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) on 30 October 1974.


Muhammad Ali was crowned Sportman of the Century in 1999
Ali fought Frazier for a third and final time in the Philippines on 1 October 1975, coming out on top in the "Thrilla in Manila" when Frazier failed to emerge for the 15th and final round.

Six defences of his title followed before Ali lost on points to Leon Spinks in February 1978, although he regained the world title by the end of the year, avenging his defeat at the hands of the 1976 Olympic light-heavyweight champion.

Ali's career ended with one-sided defeats by Larry Holmes in 1980 and Trevor Berbick in 1981, many thinking he should have retired long before.
He fought a total of 61 times as a professional, losing five times and winning 37 bouts by knockout.
Soon after retiring, rumours began to circulate about the state of Ali's health. His speech had become slurred, he shuffled and he was often drowsy.
Parkinson's Syndrome was eventually diagnosed but Ali continued to make public appearances, receiving warm welcomes wherever he travelled.

He lit the Olympic cauldron at the 1996 Games in Atlanta and carried the Olympic flag at the opening ceremony for the 2012 Games in London.


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-16011175

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Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by Ebbunwa(m): 5:32am On Jun 04, 2016
RIP

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Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by talktonase(m): 5:33am On Jun 04, 2016
May his soul rest in peace...

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Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by echodrum(m): 5:33am On Jun 04, 2016
RIP Ali.
Op you are faster than your shadow.. Was about to announce it. But low and behold you had it posted already. Kudos!!

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Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by Nobody: 5:34am On Jun 04, 2016
R.I.P Mohammed Ali.. Boxer,Freedom fighter, Activist, Orator & Entertainer..
I must have watched every doc & interview you featured in... "float like a butterfly,sting like a bee"
Greatest Of All Time

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Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by Ebbunwa(m): 5:37am On Jun 04, 2016
echodrum:
RIP Ali.
Op you are faster than your shadow.. Was about to announce it. But low and behold you had it posted already. Kudos!!
Lol, don't worry, you might be faster next time.

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Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by asala1: 5:37am On Jun 04, 2016
The greatest!

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Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by hopeforcharles(m): 5:37am On Jun 04, 2016
Rest in peace, The boxing legend,

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Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by frinx: 5:37am On Jun 04, 2016
RIP to a legend.

"I am the greatest"
Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by Nusaf: 5:39am On Jun 04, 2016
He is a legend. RIP
Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by gbaskiboy(m): 5:41am On Jun 04, 2016
He has surrendered to the last enemy DEATH.

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Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by Lilprincey(m): 5:44am On Jun 04, 2016
Muhammed ali the world's greatest boxer...#R.i.p

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Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by chukslawrence(m): 5:45am On Jun 04, 2016
RIP to...
The Greatest
The People's Champion
The Louisville Lip

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Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by Almajiri1: 5:47am On Jun 04, 2016
Rip legend! You and Howard Cosell revolutionised boxing and gave me memories. Such good ol days!
Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by tunshe: 5:47am On Jun 04, 2016
I am glad he died as a Muslim.

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Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by frinx: 5:49am On Jun 04, 2016
tunshe:
Glad he died as a Muslim.
What relevance or difference does that makes? undecided

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Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by Nobody: 5:50am On Jun 04, 2016
tunshe:
Glad he died as a Muslim.


So he can have his imaginary 72 virgins without fighting a jihad? Impossible undecided

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Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by lirusehn(m): 5:50am On Jun 04, 2016
Painful he died as a moslem undecided

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Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by seacoast(m): 5:52am On Jun 04, 2016
tunshe:
Glad he died as a Muslim.
He died as a Muslim who has Christian heart (because he killed no one for seven virgins)...

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Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by lebienconnu: 5:52am On Jun 04, 2016
RIP
Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by Horus(m): 5:53am On Jun 04, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kHo32RZD9M

[size=14pt]Muhammad Ali: The Greatest of All Time (Boxing Documentary)[/size]

Documentary on Muhammad Ali, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, and one of greatest boxers of all time.

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Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by seunny4lif(m): 5:57am On Jun 04, 2016
shocked shocked shocked
Wow
Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by seunny4lif(m): 5:58am On Jun 04, 2016
seacoast:
He died as a Muslim who has Christian heart (because he killed no one for seven virgins)...
Gbam smiley

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Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by ObiOkpor(m): 6:00am On Jun 04, 2016
Ebbunwa:
RIP
Na for your own thread na you dey rush to be FTC. Na wa for you big bros.



RIP to the greatest boxer ever known to mankind.
Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by Project400: 6:02am On Jun 04, 2016
Rest in Peace, Legend.

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Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by aminho(m): 6:07am On Jun 04, 2016
Allah bless ur soul

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Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by tunshe: 6:09am On Jun 04, 2016
frinx:

What relevance or difference does that makes? undecided

He will meet his Lord as Muslim and be rewarded for submitting to Allah alone.

I pray to also die as a Muslim. Amin!

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Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by olatade(m): 6:12am On Jun 04, 2016
He fought like a butterfly and stung like a bee .... Rest Easy, Champ
Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by boman2014: 6:13am On Jun 04, 2016

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Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by tunshe: 6:14am On Jun 04, 2016
seacoast:
He died as a Muslim who has Christian heart (because he killed no one for seven virgins)...

There's nothing like a Christain heart! Even the bible confirms the heart of man is wicked. It takes the grace of God for one to be righteous.

There are good and bad people in every religion or race.

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Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by Bolade005: 6:14am On Jun 04, 2016
The world's greatest boxer finally succumbed to death. RIP Champ
Re: Muhammad Ali Dies At 74 by Flexherbal(m): 6:18am On Jun 04, 2016
R I P

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