The Broken Place

'I am Muhammad Ali, a free name – it means beloved of God, and I insist people use it when people speak to me', Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. First, in 1974, he defeated George Foreman in a match he called “The Rumble in the Jungle” held in Zaire. One interesting anecdote about Ali’s name change: He never legally changed it.

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In 1971, he lost an epic bout to Joe Frazier, following this up with a loss to Ken Norton. His career eroded somewhat in the late ’70s and early ’80s as he flirted with retirements and comebacks. It represented his transition to a man of Islamic faith, which was a major part of his life and career. He said: "Cassius Clay is a slave name. Muhammad Ali is synonymous with greatness. Named Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr after his father, the sporting champion, who died on Friday aged 74, denounced his birth name upon converting to Islam and affiliating with the Nation of Islam (NOI). Start your Independent Premium subscription today. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more.

Ali is survived by his fourth wife Lonnie - whom he married in 1986 - and multiple children, many of whom were reported to have flown to their father's bedside on Thursday and Friday. He received a five-year prison sentence but stayed out of jail while on appeal. He announced that he was a Black Muslim and changed his name to Muhammad Ali instead of Cassius Clay. The U.S. military drafted Ali in 1967 and Ali refused to serve due to his standing as a Muslim minister. He was born Cassius Clay. He’s also remembered as an activist who fought for multiple causes near and dear to his heart.

Last updated 1:54 PM, Thursday March 19 2020 GMT. Ali reportedly attended his first NOI meeting in 1961 and continued to attend meetings with the African American Islamic religious movement aiming to improve the condition of African Americans in the US. He retired at 39 in 1981. The U.S. Justice Department found Ali guilty of a felony for failing to uphold Selective Service laws. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? The New York Times columnist William Rhoden wrote: “Ali's actions changed my standard of what constituted an athlete's greatness. Remembering The Champ. Following his death, family, friends and fans have poured in heartfelt tributes to the sporting icon, as they mourn the loss of a legend. Later, Ali announced: “Cassius Clay is a slave name. Overall, Ali’s record was 56-5 with 37 knockouts. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Star basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was known as Lew Alcindor prior to his conversion. I didn't choose it and I don't want it. One story infamous with the former heavyweight champion is why he changed his name to Muhammad Ali, from his birth name Cassius Clay. It did have a typo, though — referring to him as “Cassuis.” A spokesperson for the Social Security Administration said no proof of name change was needed for an update with the SSA; the applicant simply had to claim the change had occurred. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. His first major victory came in 1964 over Sonny Liston, a win that gave him his first world title. I am Muhammad Ali, a free name - it means beloved of God, and I insist people use it when people speak to me.". “I am Muhammad Ali, a free name – it means beloved of God, and I insist people use it when people speak to me,” declared the late Muhammad Ali in 1964. He said: "Cassius Clay is a slave name. Simply put: for religious purposes. Ali’s next few fights represented the apex of his career. A records search by USA TODAY Sports indicates Muhammad Ali never legally changed his name from Cassius Clay — and lived in an era when he didn’t have to. However, I think for Ali, it's probably quite accurate. But Ali was a complicated man and that wasn’t the name he was always known by.

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Ali’s radical choices and daring speeches inspired many. Ali then had his rubber match with Frazier (famously dubbed “The Thrilla in Manila”) which Ali won. As the boxer began attending Nation of Islam meetings in the early 60s, an important man in the movement, called Malcolm X, was a spiritual and political mentor to Ali, still then known as Cassius Clay.

Ali's death was confirmed by his family in a statement who said the family "would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and support" and asked for privacy. He was also stripped of his boxing license and championship title.

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RELATED: Muhammad Ali Has Zero Regrets Inside the Ring but Had a Few Outside of It. He was born Cassius Clay. So why was the most famous boxer of all time Ali and not Cassius Clay? The funeral will take place in Ali's home town of Louisville, Kentucky. Many are retelling old stories about Ali, such as the time he talked a suicidal man off a ledge. He even transcended his boxing accomplishments to become one of the most important athletes of any generation. In 1964, the boxing legend who told the world he was “The Greatest” changed his name to Mohammad Ali, dubbing his former alias, Cassius Clay, “my slave name”. What were you doing for the liberation of your people? Mark is a journalist at LADbible, who joined in 2015 after a year as a freelance writer. I didn't choose it and I don't want it.

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While his in-ring accomplishments are legendary, Ali isn’t only remembered today as a generational athlete.

Muhammad Ali holds a press conference to explain the significance of a recent decision to change his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, on June 30th 1967. Under the name Cassius Clay, Ali was already making a name for himself as a boxer, having won a number of fights. Ali had already made a name for himself as Clay, winning several fights under the name, and few journalists accepted the his new name initially. Later, Ali announced: “Cassius Clay is a slave name. RELATED: Who Would Win in a Fight: Bruce Lee or Muhammad Ali? In 2016, USA Today investigated Ali’s birth certificate only to find out that the document doesn’t include any kind of name change on it. Joining the Nation of Islam in 1964, Clay first went by the name of Cassius X. He’d later change it to Muhammad Ali. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Cassius Clay changed his name after converting to Islam. In 1964, he officially changed his name to Muhammad Ali, claiming it to be a free name.

In 1975, Ali converted from the NOI to mainstream Sunni Islam. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. He even transcended his boxing accomplishments to become one of the most important athletes of any generation.

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