Happy Birthday, Cassius Clay

Photo: Marvin Newman/SI/Icon SMI

SI – Eighteen-year-old Cassius Clay was all the rage in Italy after winning the gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. He would go on to enjoy a successful pro career, retiring in 1981 with a 56-5 record, with 37 knockouts.

Even then, he knew he was the greatest. Happy 70th Birthday, Muhammad Ali.

-bp

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2 Responses to Happy Birthday, Cassius Clay

  1. Herm says:

    when i was younger, i disliked Ali for dodging the war. but now, i respect him for standing up for what he believed in. i have 2 boxing gloves and the photo of Ali standing over Liston signed in my house. living in Louisville, KY (birthplace and home of Ali)…you see him from time to time. he’s not doing well…happy 70th The Greatest

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