The Champ is here! He floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee. That’s why they call him Muhammad Ali.
The Champ was born in 1954 in Louisville, Kentucky as Cassius Marcellus Clay. When he was 12 years old, Clay’s bike was stolen while he and a friend were at Columbia Auditorium. Young Clay found a cop, Joe Martin, in the gym because he was full of so much youthful rage that he told him he was going to “whup” whoever stole his bike. Martin admonished, “You better learn to box first.” Within weeks, 89-pound Cassius had his first bout‚ and his first win. Ali has faced several obstacles in life dealing with his name, or as he would say his slave name, Clay, but changed his name to Muhammad Ali by choice. The army tried drafting him and when they said Clay he did not respond. This caused so much controversy and even the stripping of his championship belt, but he went and handled his business like a champ, with his swagger and smooth talking. For the next 27 years, Ali would be in the ring persuing his dreams of being the heavyweight champion of the world. He has beaten out Joe Frazier Decision and George Forman.
Who would’ve thought that a stolen bike was the key to the beginning of the Muhammad Ali story?