Happy Birthday Champ. Legendary boxer and humanitarian Muhammad Ali “I am the Greatest” turned 70 years old on jan. 17
This time he defeated Smoking Joe Frazier in the arena of life and death.
A $1000 a plate birthday party honored the Champ in Louisville, Kentucky.
Born Cassius Clay, he won a boxing gold medal for the United States in the 1960 Rome Olympics.
Clay joined the Nation of Islam and became Muhammad Ali. He refused to go fight in the Vietnam War and was jailed.
Ali’s stunning 1st round success against feared Sonny Liston put him on the boxing map.
Floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee, his epic trilogy with Joe Frazier, including the Thrilla in Manila, made Ali the greatest.
With the introduction of the Rope-a-Dope, Muhammad Ali was able to defeat the younger, bigger, stronger George Foreman in 1974’s Rumble in the Jungle.
Millions cheered his name – Ali Ali Ali. Muhammad Ali has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
“ I ain’t got no quarrel with the Viet Cong.” – Muhammad Ali