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Pretend You Are Ali Essay

1400 words - 6 pages

The names' Ali, or once known as "The Greatest". If you're wondering about my name, it was Cassius Marcellus Clay but later I changed it to Muhammad Ali. Many boxers change their names only theirs were meant for a nick name, mine was based on my beliefs. I went from a slave name to a Muslim one, even though not everyone agreed with me, it really wasn't their choice. I'll get into that in a moment.I was born in Louisville, Kylon on the 17th of January, 1942. As a youngster I had problems in school, because I was a skinny, awkward little twerp. I knew that I had to do something different, but I just didn't know what. When I was about your age, I began my future career. Who would've thought that a stolen bike was the key to the beginning of my story? But it was, in 1954 in Louisville, Kentucky, I had my bike stolen. I was so upset. So when I found a cop in a gym, Joe Martin, I told him that I was going to "whup" whoever stole my bike. So the surprised Martin told me, "You better learn to box first." I was a very determined, dedicated, and ambitious one, who by the way didn't smoke or drink, and that many might have said was what made me better then others. The boxing was when it all started, it was the beginning of the adventure of my life. Within weeks, 89-pound me had a first win!Now, I don't want to share too much of my past, because to me present is more important. So to sum it all up, what set me apart from the other boys was two things: one, I was weak and two, I outworked all the other boys. For the next 27 years, I was in the ring. It was my dream to become the heavyweight champion of the world, little did I know that it would happen. As a teenager, I never worked, just boxed and trained. In the Mach 1958, I dropped out of high school, for winning the upcoming Olympics was more appealing to me then Central High's tenth grade. Before my 18th Birthday, I won two Golden Glove Titles, two National AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) Titles, 6 Kentucky Golden Gloves, and was finally nationally recognized. When the 1960 Rome Olympic Game were coming around I was provided with an opportunity to represent my country, I went with Olympic team to Rome, and ended winning the gold medal. By that time I'd fought 103 amateur matches, and had only lost five. When I got back to Louisville, even with a medal around my neck, I was still discriminated against by the white society. That was when I decided to throw my Olympic gold medal into the Ohio River because if my anger about the racism in my hometown, know I think that was stupidity but then it just felt like the right thing to do. Anyway by the age of 22, I had a professional boxing record of 19-0. On February 25, 1964, I got a heavyweight title shot.Oh, and sorry about the paper, I'm just not the best public speaker. Well, before the fight between me and this big champion named Sonny Liston, I predicted that he'd fall in the fourth round, but as I entered the ring I became very nervous. Going against Champ...

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