So this blog “could” be the beginning of many. “G.O.A.T” stands for “Greatest of all Time” and I’ll be using this header to display someone who I personally think is the replica of greatness in their particular field. Past or present.

 

Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay, was an American born boxer. He represented speed, grace, and the ultimate bravado which revolutionized sports communications in the 20th century. He was the self proclaimed “Greatest of All Times” and did little to disprove that disposition. Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston by a 7th round TKO in 1964 to gain the heavyweight title at 22 years old. He was brash, but resolute.

Ali had his title stripped of him in 1967 for his refusal to enter the draft for the Vietnam War. Ali was a well-known Muslim at the time once he changed his alias. He didn’t believe in fighting against poor people and was only required to join for entertainment purposes. He still didn’t believe in supporting the cause in any way. He lost his boxing license and likely millions in purses he would’ve earned from fighting.

Ali finally got a title shot against legendary “Smokin” Joe Frazier in 1971 and lost by unanimous decision in a bout nicknamed the “Fight of the Century”. Ali hounded Frazier for a rematch until the formidable George Foreman knocked down Joe Frazier six times in two rounds gaining heavyweight championship status.

Ali and Foreman fought in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974.  This was  a matchup that everyone thought would ruin Muhammad Ali once and for all. The tremendous confidence that Ali showed prior to this fight is amazing to me. Foreman was 40-0-0 with 37 KOs and demolished the man that previously handed Ali his first career loss, Joe Frazier. Despite all of this, Ali guaranteed a victory and delivered it with an 8th round knockout of Foreman. This victory earned him a spot on top of all boxing royalty. He went on to give Frazier a rematch and beat him by unanimous decision. He won 2 of 3 total fights with Frazier before and after defeating Big George Foreman. Ali before the Foreman Fight in Kinshasa, Zaire:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5DwIOoUddw

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