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Muhammad Ali: Boxing Champ & Role Model by Ali, Muhammad; Owens, Tom

By Ali, Muhammad; Owens, Tom

Provides the lifetime of the mythical boxer who all started his profession as Cassius Clay, discussing his prowess within the ring, his conversion to Islam, and his lifestyles after boxing.
Title: Muhammad Ali
Author: Owens, Thomas S.
Publisher: Abdo Group
Publication Date: 2011/01/01
Number of Pages: 112
Binding sort: LIBRARY
Library of Congress: 2010046233

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After refusing to be drafted, Ali left the Armed Forces induction center with friends on April 28, 1967. MUHAMMAD ALI -*L72>&3)L1. 2 n April 28, 1967, Ali faced his last chance to join the army. He reported to the US Armed Forces Examining and Entrance Station in Houston, Texas. After a morning of physical exams and filling out forms, Ali was ushered into a ceremony room. Each draftee was to step forward when his name was called. This symbolic step indicated each young man’s official induction.

Although few agreed with the Nation of Islam’s message, Ali’s defiance endeared him to the civil rights protesters who were opposed to the war. However, his views only further alienated him from many Americans. In 1966, Ali applied for conscientious objector (CO) status. That meant he refused military service because of his religion. But the draft board denied his claim and the controversy continued. Because of Ali’s views, few states agreed to host his fights that year. Four of his five fights in 1966 took place in other countries.

The people of Zaire are not cannibals, he reminded them. The country was hosting the fight to improve its image and increase trade. Savages in America Foreman came into the fight with a dazzling record. He was 40–0, winning 37 times by MUHAMMAD ALI 61 knockout. Only three fighters had lasted an entire match against him. Reporters compared the boxers’ recent common foes. Ali battled to win twelfth-round decisions against Ken Norton and Joe Frazier. Foreman, meanwhile, pounded both men with second-round knockouts.

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