Muhammad Ali(1942-2016), Boxer; heavyweight champion and Olympian
Sitter in 3 portraits
Muhammad Ali is considered to be the greatest boxer of his generation. Ali was born in Kentucky as Cassius Clay but changed his name when he converted to Islam in 1965. He took up boxing as a teenager, carving a niche for himself as a professional. He was renowned for the 'Ali Shuffle', a foot manoeuvre designed to outwit his opponents. He went on to win the heavyweight championship of the world three times. He won gold in boxing at the 1960 Rome Olympics.
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