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Muhammad Ali was an American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century. Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky. He began training as an amateur boxer at the age of 12 and won six Kentucky Golden Gloves titles, two national Golden Gloves titles, and an Amateur Athletic Union National Title. In 1960, he won a spot on the U.S. Olympic boxing team and went on to win a gold medal in the light heavyweight division.

In 1964, Ali won the world heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston in a stunning upset. He then changed his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali and became a leading figure in the Nation of Islam. Ali was known for his outspokenness and refusal to be drafted into the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. He was arrested and found guilty of draft evasion, but the conviction was later overturned by the Supreme Court.

Throughout his career, Ali was known for his showmanship and flamboyant style in and out of the ring. He was a three-time lineal world heavyweight champion and was named "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC. Ali retired from boxing in 1981 and devoted much of his later life to philanthropy and social causes. He died on June 3, 2016 at the age of 74