Muhammad Ali
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"Muhammad Ali" is an American former professional boxing/boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport's history. A controversial and polarizing figure during his early career, Ali is today widely regarded for the skills he displayed in the ring plus the values he exemplified outside of it: religious freedom, racial justice and the triumph of principle over expedience. He is one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years, crowned Sports Illustrated#Sportsman of the Century/"Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and BBC Sports Personality of the Century/"Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC.

Born Cassius Clay, he began training at 12 years old and at the age of 22 won the List of heavyweight boxing champions/world heavyweight championship in 1964 from Sonny Liston in Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston/a stunning upset. Shortly after that bout, Ali joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name. He converted to Sunni Islam in 1975.

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