Muhammad Ali Facts

Muhammad Ali Facts
Muhammad Ali is an American former professional boxer and is generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport's history. For more information on the man nicknamed as "The Greatest", read the fact file below.
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Date of Birth
January 17, 1942

Name at Birth
Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.

Place of Birth
Louisville, Kentucky

Birth Family
Cassius and Odessa Clay

Married to his fourth wife, Yolanda, since 1986

Seven daughters, two sons

Professional heavyweight boxer

Reason for Fame
56 wins, 37 knockouts, 19 decisions

Additional Information

  • Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Syndrome in 1984
  • In 1999, Ali was crowned “Sportsman of the Century by Sports Illustrated and Sports Personality of the Century by the BBC.
  • Ali was a gold-medal winner at the 1960 Olympics, in Rome.
  • Ali was inducted in the International Box Hall of Fame in 1990.