Happy Birthday Muhammad Ali!
By Ken Hissner (Jan 17, 2008) Doghouse Boxing  
Is it possible the self proclaimed greatest of all time will be 66 today? Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky on 1-17-42 as Cassius Marcellus Clay. He was a 1960 Olympic champion. He defeated Sonny Liston on 2-25-64 in Miami, Florida for the world title and finished his career with a 56-5-1 (37) record. He was a three-time champion who made 21 successful title defenses and was expertly trained by Angelo Dundee.

Cus D’Amato once said he would take a look at any fighter born a Capricorn. That covers December 22nd thru
January 19th. Three other well known world heavyweight champions celebrated their birthdays earlier this month.

Floyd Patterson was born 1-04-35 in Waco, North Carolina. He then moved to Brooklyn, New York. He passed away 5-11-06 at the age of 71. He was a 1952 Olympic champion. He won the vacant world title by stopping Archie Moore in Chicago, Illinois 11-30-56. He was a two time world champion finishing his career 55-8-1 (40). He was trained by Cus D’Amato.

“Smokin” Joe Frazier was born 1-12-44 in Beaufort, South Carolina. He then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was 1964 Olympic champion. He defeated Muhammad Ali 3-8-71 for the world title in Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York. He finished his career 32-4-1 (27). He was trained by Yank Durham and Eddie Futch.

“Big” George Foreman was born 1-10-49 in Marshall, Texas. He was a 1968 Olympic champion. He defeated “Smokin” Joe Frazier on 1-22-73 for the world title in Kingston, Jamaica. He was a two-time world champion and the
oldest at age 45 the second time around. He finished his career 76-5 (68). He was trained by Dick Saddler and the second time around by Angelo Dundee.

All these four champions won gold medals for their country. All four would move onto the professional ranks and again earn the title “Champion”! Happy birthday, champs!

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