June 3, 2016
One of the most
influential athletes and all around geniuses of today, Muhammad
Ali, has passed today at the age of
The boxing legend
was admitted to a Phoenix-area hospital earlier this weekend
suffering from respiratory distress. While a family spokesman said
that he was in fair condition, rumors immediately started to swirl
that Ali's condition was far worse than they let
Ali, born Cassius
Clay, first started training at age 12 and won his first
championship at age 22 in a stunning 1964 upset over Sonny Liston.
At 18, he had won the Light Heavyweight gold medal in the 1960
Summer Olympics in Rome.
Shortly after his
win over Liston, Clay joined the Nation of Islam and changed his
name to Muhammad Ali. In 1967, he refused to serve in Vietnam
citing religious objections; after he was convicted of draft
evasion, he was stripped of his ...