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Muhammad Ali used his position to speak out against inequality

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Fuaad Ceydaruus Thursday 15th January 2004 Original Writing Coursework My Hero Intro The person I admire as my hero needs no introduction in reality as he is probably one of the most respected and inspirational people who has ever lived. He had an aim of becoming the greatest boxer ever and eventually reached his goal. This person is Muhammad Ali. Young life Muhammad Ali who was born on January 17 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky. He was the son of Marcellus Clay, a sign painter, and Odessa Clay, a domestic worker. Muhammad Ali began boxing at the age of 12 under the support of a white Louisville policeman called Joe Martin. Muhammad Ali became angry one day after discovering that his bicycle was missing and he resolved to "whup whoever stole it." This tells us that he was very angry and he did not want to let the person get away with what they did. He wanted to teach that person a lesson so they do not commit the same crime again. . Early boxing career He first came into the public eye as Cassius Clay when he won a gold medal at the Olympic in Rome in 1960. In 1964 he stunned the boxing community with his defeat of Sonny Liston, the heavyweight champion, at that time and shocked the world yet again when he changed his name to Muhammad Ali after the fight. ...read more.

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He used his position to speak out against inequality and always helped people who were less fortunate than himself. He is still an ambassador of his religion and continues to try to give people hope. After he came back from suspension, he started with a mission to reclaim his title, he was granted a title shot against Joe Frasier in 1971, he underestimated Joe's ability and lost the fight. it became now harder for him to become champion again. The world said that he was too old and past his peak when he was beaten again by Ken Norton in 1972. Joe Frasier was beaten by George Foreman and Ali knew that if he was to become the Greatest again, he would have to beat Ken Norton, which he did and then he made an amazing comeback when he beat Joe Frasier in the rematch in 1974. Ali had earned his title shot, the stage was set for Zaire, in east africa where he was playing George Foreman. Muhammad Ali was very old and although he had made amazing comebacks against Frasier and Norton, neither of these were the same ability of Foreman. even Ali's own trainer asked Foreman to take it easy on Ali because he was an old man. ...read more.

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Ali has the courage to stand up and fight for what he believed in because he became a muslim whilst getting alot of criticism off muslims themselves, and changed his name to Muhammad Ali to suit his religion even when his own family disapproved of it. Now, Muhammad Ali is suffering from Parkinson's disease, which attacks the nervous system, there is no cure for this disease and Ali has suffered enormously as a result of it. Despite this he still finds the energy to fund the Black Muslim campaign and other charities. Muhammad Ali has certainly influenced my life for the better because he has taught me to never give up on my dreams. The world might never have known Muhammad Ali if his bike hadn't been stolen when he was 12. He set out an aim to be the greatest ever and worked extremely hard but never gave up, even when he was believed to be too old to fight again, he beat George Foreman, against all odds, in Zaire In conclusion, Muhammad Ali is my hero because he has proved the world wrong again by defeating other boxers against all odds. He taught me that if you work hard and never give up, you could achieve your goal. He also taught me that whatever people may say about you, you could prove them worng. progression By Fuaad Ceydaruus 11 GN ...read more.

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