Flashback Athlete of the Month for December 2020
Muhammad Ali was an American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist. He is widely recognized as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century. He is also frequently ranked as the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time.
At 18, he won a gold medal in the world heavyweight championship at the 1960s Summer Olympics. He also won the world heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston in a major upset on February 25, 1964, at the age of 22.
Ali has fought in many historic boxing matches, most notably his fights with Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, also known as the “Fight of the Century,” the Thrilla in Manila, and his fight with George Foreman in The Rumble in the Jungle.
Not only is Ali named one of the greatest boxers of all time, he is also a high-profile figure of the racial pride for African Americans during the civil rights movement and throughout his career.