Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was born on January 17, 1942 in Louisville Kentucky. Clay was first introduced to boxing when he was 12, by Joe E. Martin, a police officer and boxing coach, who advised him to box when Clay had his bicycle stolen. That was when his passion for boxing started.
His professional debut was on October 29, 1960, and by in his first three years, he maintained a record of 19 wins and 0 losses. At 22 years of age, Clay pulled an upset against Sonny Liston, and won the world heavyweight championship in 1964. Following his victory, Clay joined a religious movement called the Nation of Islam, and changed his name to Muhammad Ali.
Muhammad Ali accomplished more than just boxing championships. He was also a social activist, who expressed his values about racial justice and religious freedom. Ali even had his boxing matches in the Congo, the Philippines, and Malaysia to raise awareness of developing countries.
I admire Muhammad Ali for his impacts in world wide issues, and how he dominated his sport. Two things I dream to accomplish. He has overcome many obstacles in his life, including an arrestment for not joining the U.S. military. For the 2013 Eminent Person Project, my goal is to have others understand, how much Ali has achieved and changed, both inside and outside the ring.