Muhammad Ali was one of the true innovators of using Speed and Agility. He used his great hand speed to knock out opponents. But what was crucial to his success was his great lateral movement to slip punches. To this day we have never seen a boxer quite like him. He was an early Speed & Agility Advocate.
Ali worked on his Speed and Agility relentlessly. While every other boxer was training using traditional methods he and his trainer Angelo Dundee felt if you are faster and able to move better than anyone else you can become a champion.
Float Like A Buttery Fly Sting Like A Bee, Rumble Young Man Rumble
I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.
I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.
When you hear or read the name Ali, you would probably think instantly of the boxer Ali. Ali is synonymous to the greatest American boxer of all time. Muhammad Ali or Cassius Marcellus Clay was born on 17 January 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky to parents of modest circumstance. He started boxing in junior high, when he learned boxing from a policeman at a local gym. By the time that Ali had reached high school, he had already made up his mind to be a prizefighter. His dream was to be part of the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team. As an amateur boxer, Ali attracted attention in 1960 by winning the Amateur Athletic Union light heavyweight and Golden Gloves heavyweight championships. At the Rome Olympics in 1960, Ali crushed his opponents to win a gold medal in the light heavyweight division.
Famous for his flamboyant manner, his boasting predictions of which round he would defeat his opponent, and his famous verse “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”, he was also recognized as one of the all-time great boxers with his quick jab and footwork. His slogan “I am the greatest” became a catch phrase. He closed his boxing career in 1981 with a remarkable record of 56 wins, five losses, with 37 knockouts, before retiring in 1981. The following year, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease is a debilitating disorder of the central nervous system that is characterized by the impairment of speech and motor skills.
Despite his deteriorating physical condition, he was honored as an athlete by allowing him to carry the torch to light the pyre that officially started the 1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, Georgia, USA. In addition to his professional and social achievements, Ali also starred in a film biography released in 1977 and entitled The Greatest. He had also been the subject of several documentaries, most notably the Oscar Award-winning, When We Were Kings which was released in 1996.
Aside from becoming a sports legend, Ali also became a virtual brand name and a commercial success. Ali is the first boxer to appear on a box of Wheaties, He has led a record-breaking and history-making career, one which gives him every reason to proclaim himself, “The Greatest.”
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