Muhammad Ali – Success Story | Inspirational Video

June 7, 2016 • Views: 30754

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

Born in January 17, 1942 American professional boxer Muhammad Ali is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century. He won a gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and was the first three-time heavyweight boxing champion of the world. But how did he become “The Greatest”?

 

Beginning

Despite his talent to creating amazing poems before the fights, he hated to read. In fact, Ali was dyslexic, and barely graduated from high school. “He graduated 376 out of a class of 391. ” – CBS News.  ‘I never said I was the smartest, I said I was the greatest,’ – as Muhammad said.

When he was 12 years old someone stole his bicycle. Furious, Muhammad Ali went to report the crime to police officer Joe Martin, who was also a boxing coach at the Columbia Gym. When Muhammad Ali said he wanted to beat up the person who stole his bike, Martin told him that he should probably learn to fight first. A few days later he began boxing training at Martin’s gym. Soon Ali began taking his diet seriously avoiding alcohol, cigarettes and the junk food he loved.

 

Career

Ali became professional in 1960. He had won 29 matches in a row without losing even one. When he won the World Heavyweight Title from Sony Liston in 1964 he was the youngest person to take the title. The day after winning the championship, he changed his name from Cassius Clay and announced his conversion to Islam. The public was not happy.

“I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong.”

– Muhammad Ali

Because of his religious beliefs in 1960 Ali refused to be inducted into the armed forces. Muhammad Ali was banned from boxing and stripped of his heavyweight title. He was also charged of five years in prison which meant his boxing career was almost over.

 

Comeback

After victory in federal court Ali returned to the ring in 1970 with a win over Jerry Quarry. The fight went the full 15 rounds, with both fighters still standing at the end but by unanimously decision Ali lost making the fight his first professional defeat. But in 1974, Ali came back to defeat Joe Frazier after a tough climb to the top.

In 1974 Ali got chance to fight for Heavyweight Title with George Foreman. Ali was much slower and older than he used to while Foreman was considered to be unbeatable. For the second time But Ali made history when he won that fight in eight-round and for the second time become the heavyweight champion of the world.

In 1978, Muhammad Ali was extremely surprised when novice boxer Leon Spinks beat him. Ali admitted that he was not at his best and vowed to win back the title in a rematch. He won and became the first person to win the Heavyweight title three times.

 

Philanthropy and Parkinson’s Syndrome

Muhammad Ali finished his career with 56 wins (37 by KO) and 5 losses.Unfortunately, all of these fights took a toll on Muhammad Ali’s body. After suffering increasingly slurred speech, shaking hands, and over-tiredness, Muhammad Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome in 1984.

In his retirement, Ali devoted much of his time to philanthropy also supported the Special Olympics and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “Ali traveled to numerous countries, including Mexico and Morocco, to help out those in need. In 1998, he was chosen to be a United Nations Messenger of Peace because of his work in developing nations.”

Muhammad Ali considered one of the greatest heavyweights of all time by boxing commentators and historians passed away on the evening of June 3, 2016, at a Phoenix, Arizona facility.

 

You may also like: 20 Most Legendary Muhammad Ali quotes

 

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13 Responses to Muhammad Ali – Success Story | Inspirational Video

  1. Heitor Freitas says:

    Mateuszm, you job is awesome! I didn’t know Muhammad enough, only heard of him and read some quotes but you brought to me the chance to know the history of a champion and I’m sure I’m not the only one. I’m waiting for your next video.

    Cheers from brazil ;)

    • Mateusz M says:

      Hey Heitor,
      Thank you! And this is exactly why I’ve made the video and wrote this article. I’m sure the story of Muhammad Ali will inspire you in some way.
      Best, Mateusz

  2. Thank you for this! I was hoping you would do one for the Greatest Muhammad Ali! You certainly have lit out lives in Sri Lanka with this work. Stay True! Awesome!

  3. Josh says:

    Hey man, Thank you for these vids/inspirational thingies (I don’t know what they’re called :)) The stuff you post has actually changed my life. I recently experienced a major setback in my sporting career through injury and have experienced parts of depression because of it. Watching your stuff really gives me hope and brightens my day. Its what gets me up in the morning. I watch your stuff everyday. Im not actually sure what the point of this reply was, but i just wanted to say a massive thank you. Keep doing what you’re doing. Really… thank you so much.

    You, are my inspiration

  4. Mateusz, you are doing an amazing job with your videos and other visual work. I am originally from Poland, and lived in Lublin before leaving for sunny California 26 years ago. It is super cool to know someone so young, talented and passionate from my hometown! Keep changing the world!!

  5. Kupa Huni says:

    Hie Mateusz.

    As you can see from the comments above, it is no secret that the work you do is absolutely extraordinary. I am young ordinary man however, I truly feel as if my life is more than just a number. Instead, it is a spectacular journey that is being lead by God away from normality into a world of exceptionalism.

    I just wanted to say thank you for being a creative inspiration powerhouse and KEEP MOVING FORWARD!!!!

  6. Grzegorz says:

    Hello, first of all – you are making great videos! You have really talent in doing that, but I think you know it ;). I am moved by your videos, and the scene at 1:37 when the man said “he wanted to become famous to help people” touched me especially. Can you tell me from where you took that short part? Or maybe you know the name of this man. I wanted to see full interview or something like that, I like to listen to wise people ;). Thank you again for your great work!

  7. I have followed you for a while now on all your social media; it has been an encouraging and spirit filled experience so far. You are really impacting lives and making here better because you came.

    Thanks a bunch and remain passionate to your call.

    Shalom!

    STANLEY

  8. Brian says:

    Incredible job on this video Mateusz. I love the selection you choose for the music, I am sure you get comments every day of how incredible your videos are. Its just a confirmation of what you are doing ;)

    I would love to get your insights on some of my videos if you have the time.

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