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USA: "Our Champ, our Hero"– Louisville remembers Muhammad Ali01:01

USA: "Our Champ, our Hero"– Louisville remembers Muhammad Ali

United States, Louisville, Kentucky
June 10, 2016 at 07:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of mourners stand on the streets of Louisville, Kentucky, ahead of Muhammad Ali’s funeral procession, Friday. Fans lay the street with flowers, while other held portraits of the legendary boxer.

Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. in 1942, is widely regarded to be one of the best heavyweight boxers of all time. He began training when he was twelve years old and won gold medal at the Rome Olympics in 1960, going on to win the world heavyweight championship for the first time in 1964, beating Sonny Liston in a stunning upset. Shortly after, Ali joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name.

Ali became notorious after resisting military draft during the Vietnam War, for which he was stripped of his heavy weight title as well as being sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of $10,000, a decision that was later overturned by the US Supreme Court. Ali is remembered for stating, during the time, "I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong. No Viet Cong ever called me N----r."

During his career, Ali won the world heavyweight title on three different occasions. The boxing champion retired from the sport in 1981, and was later diagnosed with Parkinson's syndrome.

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Thousands of mourners stand on the streets of Louisville, Kentucky, ahead of Muhammad Ali’s funeral procession, Friday. Fans lay the street with flowers, while other held portraits of the legendary boxer.

Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. in 1942, is widely regarded to be one of the best heavyweight boxers of all time. He began training when he was twelve years old and won gold medal at the Rome Olympics in 1960, going on to win the world heavyweight championship for the first time in 1964, beating Sonny Liston in a stunning upset. Shortly after, Ali joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name.

Ali became notorious after resisting military draft during the Vietnam War, for which he was stripped of his heavy weight title as well as being sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of $10,000, a decision that was later overturned by the US Supreme Court. Ali is remembered for stating, during the time, "I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong. No Viet Cong ever called me N----r."

During his career, Ali won the world heavyweight title on three different occasions. The boxing champion retired from the sport in 1981, and was later diagnosed with Parkinson's syndrome.