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1 Cassius Clay

2 Cassius Clay burst on to the sporting scene in the early 1960s. scene in the early 1960s.

3 Young, brash, and black, Clay won the Olympic gold medal in boxing as an amateur and quickly gold medal in boxing as an amateur and quickly made a mark as a potent professional made a mark as a potent professional heavyweight boxer.

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6 His rise in boxing circles coincided with the extraordinary attention he was able to cast upon himself. His rise in boxing circles coincided with the extraordinary attention he was able to cast upon himself.

7 Boasting of exploits, often in rhyme, Clay was a different kind of athlete. Boasting of exploits, often in rhyme, Clay was a different kind of athlete.

8 He did not fit the stereotype of an unassuming Negro applied to the former champion Joe Louis or the brutish, scary current heavyweight champion Sonny Liston. He did not fit the stereotype of an unassuming Negro applied to the former champion Joe Louis or the brutish, scary current heavyweight champion Sonny Liston. Champion Joe Louis

9 Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston

10 Clay was his own man with his own opinions, unafraid to say them to a disapproving audience. Clay was his own man with his own opinions, unafraid to say them to a disapproving audience.

11 He represented the newfound confidence of American blacks and the ascending spirit of youthful rebellion. He represented the newfound confidence of American blacks and the ascending spirit of youthful rebellion. The Beatles visit Cassius Clay

12 In 1964, as he started to flirt with converting to Islam, Clay was slated to fight Liston in a championship fight. In 1964, as he started to flirt with converting to Islam, Clay was slated to fight Liston in a championship fight.

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15 The odds were 7-1 against Clay. The odds were 7-1 against Clay.

16 Many of the boxing press corps chose to skip the fight, disgusted with Clays antics and convinced that Clay would be demolished. Many of the boxing press corps chose to skip the fight, disgusted with Clays antics and convinced that Clay would be demolished.

17 Undaunted, Clay wrote the following poem predicting his victory. Undaunted, Clay wrote the following poem predicting his victory.

18 Clay comes out to meet Liston And Liston starts to retreat If Liston goes back any further Hell end up in a ringside seat.

19 Clay swings with a left, Clay swings with a right, Look at young Cassius Carry the fight.

20 Liston keeps backing But theres not enough room. Its a matter of time. There Clay lowers the boom.

21 Now Clay swings with a right, What a beautiful swing, And the punch raised the bear Clear out of the ring.

22 Liston is still rising And the ref wears a frown, For he cant start counting Till Sonny comes down.

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24 Now Liston disappears from view. The crowd is getting frantic, But our radar stations have picked him up, Hes somewhere over the Atlantic.

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26 Who would have thought When they came to the fight That theyd witness the launching of a human satellite?

27 Yes, the crowd did not dream When they laid down their money That they would see A total eclipse of the Sonny!

28 True to form, Clay won.

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30 He soon converted to Islam and became Muhammad Ali. He soon converted to Islam and became Muhammad Ali.

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32 His hard-fought championship was taken away a few years later when he refused to join the Army in protest, saying No Viet Cong ever called me nigger. His hard-fought championship was taken away a few years later when he refused to join the Army in protest, saying No Viet Cong ever called me nigger.

33 Ali ultimately won back his title and became one of the most admired and recognized men in the world for his athletic and humanitarian accomplishments. Ali ultimately won back his title and became one of the most admired and recognized men in the world for his athletic and humanitarian accomplishments.

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