When Muhammad Ali was born on January 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky, as one of the two sons of Grady Clay and Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr., his family named him “Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.” His father, Cassius, was an African-American and Irish descent, a street painter, and his mother, Odessa, a cleaning worker, his father wanted his son to be a teacher or a lawyer. But when he saw her in the ring one day, her mind would change as if she were enthralled. After that day, he was always proud of him and started to say, My son will become the world heavyweight champion, Muhammad was 12 when he met boxing. In October 1954, her father bought her a red bicycle as a Christmas present. But his bike was stolen at a fair. Muhammad, with his tiny body, was looking for a policeman who hoped to help him. It was impossible for him to find his bike alone. But at the same time, it was a period in which the influence of racism was felt. What policeman would listen to a black boy crying after his bike? However, he was a 12-year-old and continued to believe that he would find a policeman to tear his tears to. He found a policeman watching a boxing match in one of the nearby tents. The police did not deal with him or complain. It was at that moment that Muhammad, in the atmosphere he was in, wanted to take both the police and those who stole his bike to the ring on the screen and knock him out like a boxer. And he promised he’d be a boxer on the spot. When he met his first boxing instructor, Loe Elsby Martin, at the Columbia Gym, he was still dry. He kept reminding himself. Muhammad was both gifted and wounded. That’s why his ambition. He was kneading in the hands of his teacher and taking shape. He stood out from the other children. It didn’t take long before he entered the amateur record at the National AAU and the Golden Glove Championship. He was born to be an athlete; she was innate.
Moreover, he made a great promise to himself. He would never lose the idea that “I will work today and live as a champion for the rest of my life.” Starting in a tiny gym, this journey turned into an adventure after winning 6 state awards. A whole different life awaited him. One day he would change what he believed in and become a heavyweight champion who cost the world. Muhammad was now 18 and his name had already surpassed America. Now was the time to open up to the world, and he was one of the names to take part in the 1960 Olympics in Rome. But there was a little roughness: Muhammad Ali, who threw storms in the ring, was afraid to fly when he found out that the group was going to Rome by plane, he was resisting not to get on the plane. It wasn’t just going to the borders of the country. At the same time, Muhammad was preparing to cross his own boundaries; but I think it was harder than the first. Luckily his coach couldn’t resist Joe Martin’s insistence anymore and agreed to board the plane. But it has never been so easy. Muhammad did not board the plane without wearing a parachute. Throughout his journey, he could never remove the parachute from his back, and the blood remained in sweat, always praying until the plane landed. His friends, who witnessed his condition, described his situation as follows: iy He was just like a superhero who was afraid to fly. In 1960, Muhammad took his first step from amateurism to professional league with the gold medal he received in heavyweight and lightweight at the Roman Olympics. Muhammad defeated the Polish Boxer Zbigniew Pietrzykowski in the Olympics. This gold medal also opened the door to eternal fame for him. His father watched every match his son competed in Louisville and was proud of him. However, he did not allow financial impossibilities to go to those who were out of town. Muhammad was especially fortunate to have always felt the endless support of his father. Maybe he couldn’t watch her match in Rome. But after that the door that opened to him, opened to a completely different world. He was now proud to return from Rome to America with a gold medal in his hand. He kept her out of sight for a moment. He was very young and paid off for his hard work. One day he neither took her out of the chest nor left her sleep until he experienced a moment that shook her. I wanted to call him the name the world knows. But it was Cassius Clay. One day he and his close friend Ronnie King entered a restaurant in Louisville. However, the waitress came to them soon, said Cassius can not serve. “Lady, I’m Olympic champion Cassius Clay, Cass Cassius said without breaking his courtesy. However, the waitress did not delete the statement that nothing will change. This was one of Muhammad Ali’s biggest disappointments in his life. According to a legendary story, he had already tore off the ribbon of the medal on his chest and started walking with ambition. Soon he left her in the middle of the Ohio River. His medal had just disappeared. Many years after this legend, Muhammad Ali said in an interview, komite The committee that had lost my medal sent a new one. There is no such thing as throwing it in the river ”. But what happened in the restaurant was real. Everything must have felt like he was buried deep in the river with that medal. Henceforth, he would be tougher in the ring not only thinking about hitting his opponent, but racist America. He had exacerbated his anger to see that even the gold medal he had received on behalf of his country had not changed anything, because he decided at the age of 12 that he could not accept a personality that would submit to any injustice of the whites.
Muhammad Ali was still named Cassius. One day, as he walked down the street, he noticed a young black man following him. This young man, who did not yet know that he was a Muslim, insisted that he go in for a minute. Muhammad, who had succumbed to his curiosity about what was inside, finally came into contact with a community of black people, this community listened to a man on the podium, who was also black, like themselves. This man was telling them about the freedom of black people. This man was Malcolm X, who became Malik al-Shahbaz after becoming a Muslim. After long battles on black people, he finally went on a pilgrimage for the first time in 1964 and declared that he had found true brotherhood. Yes, a strong black believed in freedom. But he also managed to erase the racist tendency towards whites from his heart. This was what Muhammad had been looking for for years. He was so impressed. He could feel that he had found what he was looking for. His brother Rudy Clay became a Muslim before him; He was named Rahman. Cassius finally became a Muslim and took the name Muhammad. They were now Muhammad Ali and Rahman Ali. But this would not be an easy life. Muhammad was 22 years old when he defeated S. Liston in 1964 and became World Champion. His name was on the summit now. He would have thought that his blackness would be more invisible, he declared that he changed his religion after his victory and became a Muslim. At the same time, he reported that his name was Muhammad Ali. But nothing happened as he thought. He had a big reaction. In the United States, the public did not know his name or his religion, and still called him Cassius Clay.
Boxing was undoubtedly his favorite thing in the mortal world. He was in the highest position in his profession. But not so much, after 3 years, he would have lost his hand for a very short time for the human year. But now he had three years of happiness. He was now a world champion. In addition to his boxing career, he decided to pursue a music career. In the same year of his championship, he released his album “I am the Greatest”. It was mostly composed of poetry interpretations. In another album of this album, ’The Gang’s All Here, dı he interpreted the classics of the 60s.
But his record player, Columbia Records, was one of those who reacted heavily to him becoming a Muslim. All his albums have been confiscated. It was going through a difficult period; but still did not move away from the music. In 1976, Muhammad Ali would have signed another album. The Vietnam War would continue from 1955 to 1975. The war took place between Vietnam, China, the Soviet Union, and the US-backed anticommunist South Vietnam and America. America was involved in the war between 1963-1973. In 1967, Mohammed Ali refused to participate in this war, which had lost 60,000 soldiers. “I have no dispute with the Vietnamese. I will not go ten thousand miles from my house to help burn and kill a poor people.. That’s why the championship and the boxing license were taken away. He was also sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of $ 10,000 for not going to war. The absence of a license, the passport to be taken away from the hands of all Muhammad Ali, said he went bankrupt. His family was there. But his success shook him. It was like he was 12. He had two options, he would either give up or fight to get on his way. To him, this was far more accurate than fighting Vietnam. His family was financially supportive of him, but he had to do something. He paid for his speeches at universities and made a living with it, ın 1970, he finally won the appeal and returned to boxing. His 12-year-old had now blinked with pride. This time, “Match of the century,” he was called. In 1971, there was Joe Frazier in the ring against Muhammad Ali, and Muhammad Ali lost a match for the first time in his professional boxing career!
Obviously, he had exhausted it in every sense, given the compulsory three years. Moreover, before such an important match, only 2 matches after such a break. In the opinion of experts was not ready for such a match. Muhammad Ali did not know the exact equivalent of his feelings for this defeat. All he knew was that he wanted to be champion again soon. Then he was in the ring to meet Ken Norton. But this time his jaw was broken and defeated. He was beginning to think his career was over. But he believed in himself. He would not give up. And the closest ones knew it was a temporary thing. Maybe he should have just been the champion for himself and this little community that believed in him. But it wasn’t over. In 1973, he signed with Joe Frazier for the title match. Only Joe Frazier, George Foreman. Frazier was surprisingly knocked out in both rounds. So Muhammad Ali first appeared in the ring with Frazier, then with Foreman, and knocked them both out. It wasn’t over, it wasn’t exhausted, and it would definitely prove it. In 1974, in Foreman’s matches, Foreman’s odds were 7 to 1, and as a result of an exciting match, he knocked out his opponent in the eighth round. Muhammad Ali became the second boxer to regain his title after Floyd Patterson. In the following matches, he defeated all the boxers who competed for the title in succession. He was proudly watching his rebirth from his ashes. He finally defeated Ken Norton; this was the rematch of both the match and the fracture of his jaw. In fact, the fact that he won back. Muhammad Ali was going to a title match in London. His rival was Henry Cooper. Queen Elizabeth invited Cooper to the court before the match, but she did not accept Muhammad Ali. This point really hurts you. Muhammad Ali only said, konu I will take the match and become the king of boxers. What was happening other than this ordinary event was shocking; it was really a turning point in Muhammad Ali’s life. Because here he was going to meet a Turk for the first time; With Nevzat Yalçıntaş. The Islamic Institute had asked Nevzat Yalçıntaş to accompany Muhammad Ali in London. He called Muhammad, so he called the hotel address. Yalcintas, Monday, 10.00, at the time, when the hotel lobby, Muhammad, was there with other boxers. His brother Rahman was with him. He described himself to Muhammad on the phone; did not need a counter tariff. Muhammad was sure to recognize Ali as soon as he saw it; recognized. Muhammad Ali noticed Yalçıntaş in the lobby and started walking towards him. Then something ordinary happened. It was an ordinary and loving moment that would have to be the symbol of unconditional love for the whole world. In response to Yalçıntaş’s greetings,
Muhammad Ali said, ley Aleykümselam,, they shook hands first and then hugged them. It seemed like a moment stopped. Muhammad Ali did not want to leave this man who hugged himself unconditionally. For him, it was like feeling the other half of the world. Yalçıntaş stared at the young man who was as young as 5-6 years old when he was separated. Muhammad was unaware that everyone was crying at the time he was 12 years old, and he did not need to wipe his tears. Yalcintas, uncomfortable with the thought that he made a mistake, expressed by asking, Muhammad Ali, expressing joy and pain at the same time does not have that sentence formed. You made no mistakes. You’re the first white guy ever hugged me. To be ignored really meant a total pain. Muhammad Ali seemed to be bleeding and healed all his wounds. After that, an unbearable silence. After a long period of silence, Muhammad Ali would come to Istanbul and perform a Friday prayer in Sultanahmet to give him a taste of pure peace. Together with Erbakan, he would appeal to tens of thousands of people who filled Sultanahmet, pouring his love and blowing his soul. Because it was amazing to him. The color was still the same. The people across from him were white. In 1978, Muhammad Ali met Leon Spinks twice. Although defeated in the first, Muhammad Ali was the winner in their second appearance in the ring, thus becoming the first Boxer to become the 3rd World Champion. This was so valuable … After all, there were only two World Boxing Federations at this time, and Muhammad Ali was definitely shining in gold. 1978 was the third year of championship as well as the year he quit boxing. As a champion, he left at the summit. He was defeated only 5 times during his professional career. 37 have won a total of 56 games. Muhammad Ali, who became both Olympic and World Champion during his professional career until the age of 36, became the only name for all champions. He’s always worked hard to be more than a boxer. He lived to exist with all his personality and heart. He announced that he quit boxing, but at that time the best boxers would play again to win the title. According to some sources, Muhammad Ali agreed to make two more matches against Larry Holmes and Trevor Berbick for a large sum of money. But his defeat was dramatic. In 1984, Muhammad Ali suffered from Parkinson’s disease, but he hid it. He would fight this disease for many years. This was the last time he had entered the ring.
In fact, this must have been an insignificant detail in huge successes. Ultimately, he did not avoid anything when he was an active boxer. Even at the height of his career, he did not turn down the challenges he faced. The most interesting of them was undoubtedly the successful wrestler Antonio Inoki, who was involved in Mixed Martial Arts. Even though his manager and his coach thought it was a conspiracy against Muhammad Ali, he accepted the challenge. It was discussed which side of the match would proceed according to the rules, and they decided that Inoki could only kick down the waist. The match ended in a 3-3 draw. Muhammad Ali did not give up. However, the blows to his legs would leave long-term damage. Inoki had 6 fantastic punches from Muhammad Ali. Later in this encounter, Inoki became a Muslim and decided to continue his career in modern wrestling. Maybe he wasn’t in the ring; but he was still Muhammad Ali. In 1984, he announced his support for US President Ronald Reagan for his re-election. In the 90s, the whole world turned to Iraq. The dictator Saddam Hussein, who invaded Kuwait, took 2,000 foreigners hostage, 700 of whom were Americans living in his country. In 1990, during the Gulf War, Muhammad Ali, who was uncomfortable as a Muslim, went to Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, Muhammed Ali, who stated that he did not come to Baghdad as a Muslim but as a politician, met with Saddam Hussein on releasing the hostages. He must have been feeling very proud when he returned to America with 15 hostages, Muhammad Ali’s move was an example to other countries. At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, the honor of burning fire was given. In the Olympics, which once shunned her young heart, she was now on the experienced side watching young people, and it was never easy for her to come here. On July 27, 2012, at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the Olympic flag was to carry. But Parkinson’s advance would require the support of his wife, Lonnie.
As he always said (im I’m the best of all time ”), during his professionalism he was the best of all time. In fact, he preferred to live out of sight on his Michigan farm because of Parkinson’s. Nevertheless, he could not stop doing anything about the September 11 attacks in 2001. He went to zero with the New York Fire Department hat he wore on his head and expressed his support to the Muslims with the following words: “What really hurts me is that the name ‘Islam’ is infected and infecting Muslims and causing trouble and causing hatred and violence. Islam is not a murderous religion. Islam is not a religious religion. I couldn’t just sit at home and watch people stigmatize Muslims as the source of the problem, It was certainly thought to be the best of its time. In 2001, Hollywood immortalized Muhammad Ali’s life in a film called Ali. Will Smith was the one who played him. His name was also one of the famous names written on Hollywood Boulevard. But there was a difference. The name of Muhammad Ali was written on the wall in 2002, while more than 2400 celebrities were on the floor. Because he believed in religion, the Prophet Hz. He was named after Muhammad after Iraq, on November 17, 2002, he went to Afghanistan as the UN Peace Ambassador. He was in Kabul for a 3-day mission of goodwill as a special UN guest.
Muhammad Ali, who has fought Parkinson for years, has started to increase his health problems since 2014. On 20 December 2014, Muhammad Ali became ill and was hospitalized for lung inflammation. He was discharged after a short period of treatment and was hospitalized on 15 January 2015 for urinary tract infection. He was discharged the next day. And, on June 3, 2016, Muhammad Ali closed his eyes to the hospital because of septic shock due to natural causes. He was infinite. The funeral was scheduled for Friday. Mohammed Ali was buried at a public funeral in Louisville, where he was born. The funeral prayer was made by an Imam, but other clergy were at the ceremony. Muhammad Ali passed through the streets of the city where he was born for the last time. So all his lovers could meet him for the last time.