MagazineJun 4, 2016
Sporting Legend Muhammad Ali Has Passed Away
Sporting legend, civil rights activist and possibly the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali has passed away in Scottsdale Arizona at the age of 74.
Muhammad Ali started his life as Cassius Clay and he won his first heavy weight title as Cassius Clay at the age of 22 against Sonny Liston. Shortly afterwards he joined the Nation Of Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali.
During the Vietnam War he refused to fight and said that "No Vietnamese had ever called him a n*gger."
During is active boxing career Ali went on to win the heavyweight title several more times in some epic bouts, against George Foreman amongst others.
He was also known for is wit and his often brutal quotes about his opponents.
We'll leave you with this one: 'Don't count the days; make the days count.'
U.S. boxing great Muhammad Ali posing at the World Economic Forum in Davos ANDREAS MEIER/REUTERS
WBC and WIBA super middleweight champion Laila Ali being kissed by her father, boxing great Muhammad Ali, at the MCI Center in Washington JASON REED/REUTERS
US boxing great Muhammad Ali following the super-middleweight fight of his daughter Laila in Berlin PAWEL KOPCZYNSKI/REUTERS
US President Bush awarding boxing legend Muhammad Ali with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in Washington KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS
Boxing great Muhammad Ali showing his fists as he stands in the ring after daughters fight in Washington GARY HERSHORN/REUTERS
Former heavyweight world boxing champion Muhammad Ali posing with a copy of his book, The Greatest of All Time, at the Frankfurt book fair KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS
U.S. Boxing great Muhammad Ali posing for photographs during a news conference in Berlin ARND WIEGMANN/REUTERS
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali watching his 21-year-old daughter Laila Ali in her debut as a professional boxer at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona JOE TRAVER/REUTERS
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali jabbing at photographers while arriving at the Orpheum Theatre for the premiere of the film "collateral" in Los Angeles ROBERT GALBRAITH/REUTERS
U.S. boxing legend Muhammad Ali (R) practicing with the Afghan boxer Gafour as he visits the public health boxing club in Kabul RADU SIGHETI/REUTERS
Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali speaking to the audience after accepting the Athlete of the Century award at the Sports Illustrated 20th Century Sports Awards in New York MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS
Muhammad Ali showing his fist to reporters during an impromptu news conference in Mexico City STRINGER/REUTERS
Boxing legend Ali standing with his wife Yolanda as he is introduced at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas STEVE MARCUS/REUTERS
Muhammad Ali cuddling his daughters Laila, (L )and Hana (R) at a Hotel in London ACTION IMAGES/REUTERS
Muhammad Ali (R) drops an overhand right on Leon Spinks during their second match at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans ACTION IMAGES/REUTERS
Muhammad Ali (R) fights Ken Norton at Yankee Stadium in the third fight between the two heavyweights in New York City ACTION IMAGES/REUTERS
Muhammad Ali and his entourage try to wind up Ken Norton ahead of their third fight in New York ACTION IMAGES/REUTERS
Muhammad Ali punches Richard Dunn while fighting for the WBC & WBA Heavyweight Title in Munich ACTION IMAGES/REUTERS
Muhammad Ali trains for his second fight with Leon Spinks in New Orleans ACTION IMAGES/REUTERS
Joe Frazier (R) lands a left hook on Muhammad Ali during the first of their three epic battles at Madison Square Garden in New York City ACTION IMAGES/REUTERS
Muhammad Ali (formerly Cassius Clay) trains at his Pennsylvanian mountain retreat in Owigsburg ACTION IMAGES/REUTERS
Muhammad Ali (formerly Cassius Clay) trains at his Deer Lake mountain retreat in Owigsburg ACTION IMAGES/REUTERS
Muhammad Ali (formerly Cassius Clay) speaks to Muslims holding a book called Towards Understanding Islam written by Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi in London ACTION IMAGES/REUTERS
World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali, (formerly Cassius Clay), and challenger Henry Cooper fight at Highbury Stadium, London ACTION IMAGES/REUTERS
Cassius Clay, (later Muhammad Ali) fights Henry Cooper at Wembley Stadium in London ACTION IMAGES/REUTERS
Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) predicts that he will in the fifth round before his fight with Henry Cooper at Wembley Stadium in London ACTION IMAGES/REUTERS
US boxer Muhammad Ali (formerly Cassius Clay) is pictured at his West End Hotel during his stay in London, Britain to fight Henry Cooper ACTION IMAGES/REUTERS
Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) reads the newspapers in London ACTION IMAGES/REUTERS
Muhammad Ali poses with gloves in this undated portrait. ACTION IMAGES/REUTERS