More than 60 years ago, a bicycle thief in Louisville, Kentucky, unknowingly set in motion one of the most amazing sports careers in history, generally considered the greatest heavyweight in the history of the sport.
An angry 12-year-old Cassius Clay went to a policeman on that day in 1954, vowing he would find the thief who took his bike and have his revenge. The policeman’s advice was to learn to box first so Clay, who would later change his name to Muhammad Ali, went to a gym, where he learned quite well and at the age of 22 won the world heavyweight championship in 1964 from Sonny Listonin a stunning upset..
He is one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years, crowned “Sportsman of the Century” bySports Illustrated and “Sports Personality of the Century” by the BBC. He also wrote several best-selling books about his career, including The Greatest: My Own Story and The Soul of a Butterfly.
There are many ways to remember him but here is how Ali, himself, wanted the world to remember him: