Muhammad Ali – The Greatest

Rest in Peace Muhammad Ali.  Have read and watched and learned so much more about Ali since he passed away.  Loved him as a boxer and his character and how he helped as many people as he could.  The Greatest.

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, 17 January 1942 – 4th June 2016

61 Fights, 56 wins, including 37 knockouts, 5 losses

A Professional career lasting 21 years

3 times crowned World Heavyweight Champion, 1 Light-Heavyweight Olympic gold medal, 31 straight wins before being beaten by Joe Frazier

 

Some of my Favourite Boxing Quotes from Muhammad Ali

“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”

“I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.”

“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.”

“I am the greatest!”

“Champions aren’t made in gyms, champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision.  They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will.  But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

“Will they ever have another fighter who writes poems, predicts rounds, beats everybody, makes people laugh, makes people cry and is as tall and extra pretty as me.”

“I never thought of losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right.  That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me.  We all have to take defeats in life.” (After losing to Ken Norton in 1973).

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, his hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.”

 

Coach Anna Buckley – Take A Pop