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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dead at 74
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Ken Curtis

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali died Friday at a Phoenix hospital for respiratory problems. He was 74. He was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. in Louisville, Kentucky, on January 17, 1942. He first captured the world's attention as an 18-year-old in 1960 with a gold-medal boxing victory at the Olympics He will always be known the words "I'm gonna float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.” At the age 22, Ali defeated big Sonny Liston to become the world heavyweight champion, the youngest boxer ever to hold the title. Ali remained the world heavyweight champion from 1964 until 1967. But then his dream career came to a halt when he failed to show up at the draft board, saying he was a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War. He was arrested and stripped of his heavyweight title. Ali was forced out of the ring for three years until the Supreme Court overturned his draft evasion conviction.


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