Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. won the world heavyweight championship at the age of twenty-two, the same year he joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali.
He would go on to become the first and only three-time (in succession) World Heavyweight Champion. Nicknamed “The Greatest,” Ali was as well known for his unique boxing style, consisting of the Ali Shuffle and the rope-a-dope, as he was for the catchphrase “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”
He was an uncompromising athlete who brought beauty and grace to a very rough sport and became one of the world’s most famous cultural icons. Download and start listening now!