Bold, brash, and nicknamed “The Louisville Lip” in his early days, boxing’s only 3-time Lineal Heavyweight Champion of the World Muhammad Ali (56-5-0, 37KO) certainly had the stones to back up his words, and he did it all in style.
As flashy as he was, it was the substance that superseded the flash, inside and outside of the ring, as he was a man that was 🚩deep-rooted in his principles, standing up for his beliefs, while never wavering from his position, no matter the obstacles that stood in front of him, whether it came in multiple forms of injustices, or the menacing foes that was cast in front of him.
His dedication to his beliefs were most on display when he refused to get drafted in 1966, and (at the time, which lasted 3 ½ years), sacrificing his career to stand on his laurels, which gave a true window into what it was that he stood for as an African American man unwilling to partake in damage against a contingent he had no quarrels with, compared to the racial tensions being felt at home by his own on American soil.
Philanthropist, activist, icon, and an innovator, Ali’s presence redefined the athlete, American and worldwide, as he brought an extra flare to his profession, and his influence spawned off new generations of athletes looking to enact his blueprint, and follow in his footsteps. Ali was born 79 years ago on January 17th, 1942. It has been 5 years since his passing on…the body goes, but hero’s never die, as their legacy lives on.