Black History Spotlight: Muhammad Ali (Video)

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Black History Spotlight: Muhammad Ali (Video)

On this day, February 25,  in 1964, Muhammad Ali became the world heavyweight champion of the world by defeating Sonny Liston with a signature knock out punch that was nicknamed the “Phantom” punch ( maybe because you don’t see that one coming).  Born January 17, 1942, the fast talking, sharp witted 22-year old Ali was on top of the world.  He had already earned himself a gold medal in Rome at the 1960 Summer Olympics.  He went on to have a successful, but at times troubled, life in the world of boxing.

Muhammad Ali would go on to hold the heavyweight championship for  five years from 1964-1969.  In 1967, he took a stance against the Vietnam war and refused to serve in the military.   But he became a household name for his accomplishments and will forever be known as the GOAT.  Read more about his life here.

Check him out against Sonny Liston:

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