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Muhammad Ali: 1960 Olympics Gold, Boxing Legend, Humanitarian

Other Sports | News18.com | June 4, 2016, 3:33 pm
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<b>The Rome Olympics:</b> In 1960, Clay Junior won the light-heavyweight gold at the Games in Italy beating Poland's Zbigniew Pietrzykowski. But incidents of racism back home infuriated him and he threw his Olympic medal into the Ohio River. Thereafter, he turned to professional boxing. (Getty Images)

The Rome Olympics: In 1960, Clay Junior won the light-heavyweight gold at the Games in Italy beating Poland's Zbigniew Pietrzykowski. But incidents of racism back home infuriated him and he threw his Olympic medal into the Ohio River. Thereafter, he turned to professional boxing. (Getty Images)

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<b>Champion:</b> Clay beats Sonny Liston to become the world heavyweight champion in 1964. He was not the favourite despite his 19-0 record but won the championship fight in six rounds. (Getty Images)

Champion: Clay beats Sonny Liston to become the world heavyweight champion in 1964. He was not the favourite despite his 19-0 record but won the championship fight in six rounds. (Getty Images)

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Turns to Islam: After beating Liston, Clay announced that he has become a Black Muslim and shall be called Muhammad Ali. (Getty Images)

Turns to Islam: After beating Liston, Clay announced that he has become a Black Muslim and shall be called Muhammad Ali. (Getty Images)

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The Frazier Hook: In March 1971, Joe Frazier knocks out Ali in the 15th round. (Getty Images)

The Frazier Hook: In March 1971, Joe Frazier knocks out Ali in the 15th round. (Getty Images)

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The Revenge: In January 1974, Ali beats Frazier in a return fight. He won in 12 rounds. (Getty Images)

The Revenge: In January 1974, Ali beats Frazier in a return fight. He won in 12 rounds. (Getty Images)

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Rumble in the Jungle: October of 1974 saw Ali reclaiming his heavyweight title in Zaire beating George Foreman. (Getty Images)

Rumble in the Jungle: October of 1974 saw Ali reclaiming his heavyweight title in Zaire beating George Foreman. (Getty Images)

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Thrilla in Manila: A third face-off with Frazier in 1975 saw a bloody battle in the Philippines, but Frazier lost shape and quit after 14 rounds. (Getty Images)

Thrilla in Manila: A third face-off with Frazier in 1975 saw a bloody battle in the Philippines, but Frazier lost shape and quit after 14 rounds. (Getty Images)

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Overconfidence: By 1978, Ali had a career record of 55-2. That perhaps made him overconfident as he lost to 1976 Olympics champion Leo Spinks. But just in seven months' time, Ali managed to beat him in a return fight to regain his title. (Getty Images)

Overconfidence: By 1978, Ali had a career record of 55-2. That perhaps made him overconfident as he lost to 1976 Olympics champion Leo Spinks. But just in seven months' time, Ali managed to beat him in a return fight to regain his title. (Getty Images)

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Retirement: On June 27, 1979, he chose to quit the ring. (Getty Images)

Retirement: On June 27, 1979, he chose to quit the ring. (Getty Images)

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Decides to come back: A year later, in 1980, Ali decides to return to fight heavyweight champion Larry Holmes. But the legend gets punished by the reigning champion and gets knocked out in the 11th round. (Getty Images)

Decides to come back: A year later, in 1980, Ali decides to return to fight heavyweight champion Larry Holmes. But the legend gets punished by the reigning champion and gets knocked out in the 11th round. (Getty Images)

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Retires again, this time permanently: In 1981, after losing to Trevor Berbick, Ali decides to quit with his final record reading 56-5. (Getty Images)

Retires again, this time permanently: In 1981, after losing to Trevor Berbick, Ali decides to quit with his final record reading 56-5. (Getty Images)

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Carries the Olympic Torch: The Atlanta Olympics of 1996 saw Ali carrying the torch. The IOC also awarded him a second gold medal to replace the one he threw into the Ohio River after winning it at the Rome Games in 1960. (Getty Images)

Carries the Olympic Torch: The Atlanta Olympics of 1996 saw Ali carrying the torch. The IOC also awarded him a second gold medal to replace the one he threw into the Ohio River after winning it at the Rome Games in 1960. (Getty Images)

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One Last Appearance at the Games: In a white suit and tie, Muhammad Ali graced the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Getty Images)

One Last Appearance at the Games: In a white suit and tie, Muhammad Ali graced the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Getty Images)