Born Cassius Marcellus Clay in Louisville, Kentucky, Muhammad Ali fought 61 times as a professional boxer, winning 56 times, including 37 by knockout. He first became world heavyweight champion in February, 1964, aged 22, when defeating Sonny Liston by technical knockout. He was stripped of the title in 1966 for refusing to be drafted into the U.S. Army, but regained it by knocking out George Foreman in the fabled ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974. Ali lost the title to Leon Spinks, by split decision, in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1978, but regained it, by unanimous decision, in a rematch in New Orleans, Louisiana later the same year.
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but back to Ali, and sside from Spinks, the other four men to beat Ali were, in chronological order, Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Larry Holmes and Trevor Berbick. Ali retired after the second Spinks fight, but attempted an ill-advised comeback in 1980, aged 38, only to lose, by technical knockout, to Larry Holmes after ten rounds in Las Vegas. The following year, Ali tried again, in a non-title fight against Trevor Berbick in Nassau, Bahamas, but lost by unanimous decision. He finally admitted defeat, saying, ‘Father Time has caught up with me. I’m finished.’