The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights. Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky. He has been called the greatest boxer who ever lived and is the only person to win three heavyweight titles. He has been nicknamed, the Greatest. He was declared as the ‘Sportsman of the Century by Sports Illustrated and Sports Personality of the Century by the BBC.
But the reason why he started to box is a very interesting one. When he was 12 years old, he and his friend had gone to the Columbia Auditorium to watch the Louisville Home Show where they were providing free hot dogs and popcorn for the visitors. When Ali and his friend finished eating and were planning to go back home, they found that Ali bicycle was missing. Ali was angry and went to report the crime to police officer Joe Martin who was also the boxing coach at the Columbia gym.