Muhammad Ali was an American professional boxer and activist. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated figures of the 20th century. From early in his career, Ali was known as an inspiring, controversial, Cassius Clay was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and began training as an amateur boxer when he was 12 years old. At age 18, he won a medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. At age 22 in 1964, he won the WBA, WBC, Clay then converted to Islam and changed his name from Cassius Clay, which he called his slave name, to Muhammad Ali. He set an example of pride for African Americans and resistance to white domination during the Civil Rights Movement. He was eventually arrested, found guilty of draft evasion charges, Alis actions as a conscientious objector to the war made him an icon for the larger counterculture generation. Ali is regarded as one of the leading heavyweight boxers of the 20th century and he remains the only three-time lineal heavyweight champion, having won the title in 1964,1974, and 1978. Between February 25 and September 19,1964, Ali reigned as the heavyweight champion. He is the boxer to be named The Ring magazine Fighter of the Year six times. Nicknamed The Greatest, he was involved in historic boxing matches. Notable among these were the first Liston fight, the Fight of the Century, Super Fight II, the Thrilla in Manila versus his rival Joe Frazier, and The Rumble in the Jungle versus George Foreman. At a time when most fighters let their managers do the talking, Ali thrived in and indeed craved the spotlight, as a musician, Ali recorded two spoken word albums and a rhythm and blues song, and received two Grammy Award nominations. As an actor, he performed in films and a Broadway musical. Additionally, Ali wrote two autobiographies, one during and one after his boxing career, as a Muslim, Ali was initially affiliated with Elijah Muhammads Nation of Islam and advocated their black separatist ideology. He later disavowed the NOI, adhering initially to Sunni Islam and later to Sufism, after retiring from boxing in 1981, Ali devoted his life to religious and charitable work. In 1984, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinsons syndrome, which his doctors attributed to boxing-related brain injuries, as the condition worsened, Ali made limited public appearances and was cared for by his family until his death on June 3,2016, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was born on January 17,1942, in Louisville and he had a sister and four brothers
Samuel Berger (boxer)
Samuel Berger was an American professional heavyweight boxer who competed in the early twentieth century. Berger joined the Olympic Club in San Francisco when he was 16 years old, in 1901 he won the amateur middleweight championship of the Pacific Coast. In 1902 he won the heavyweight championship. Berger had 40 amateur fights, most of which were won by knockout, Berger had a few professional fights, with some success. He sparred with Bob Fitzsimmons on one of the latters tours, Berger was also a member of the South End Rowing Club in San Francisco. He was born in Chicago, Illinois and died in San Francisco and he won a gold medal in Boxing at the 1904 Summer Olympics. Berger, who was Jewish, was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1985, list of select Jewish boxers Professional boxing record for Samuel Berger from BoxRec
Mark Anthony Breland is an American former world champion boxer, who won five New York Golden Gloves titles and a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics. At 6 and two and a half tall, Breland is one of the tallest World Welterweight champions of all time. Breland, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, compiled an amateur record of 110–1. Highlights of which were, Five-Time New York Golden Gloves Champion, his record in competition was 21–0. 1981 – United States National Amateur Championships quarterfinalist in Concord, California and this would be Brelands only loss as an amateur. 1981 – won Intercity Golden Gloves in the division, stopped Efrain Bennett in the first. In 1987, Breland won the vacant WBA welterweight title and he lost it in his first defense to Marlon Starling. In 1989, Breland again won the vacant WBA Welterweight Title, in 1997, Breland retired with a professional record of 35–3–1. Breland is currently a trainer, having trained Vernon Forrest. Mark Breland at the Internet Movie Database Professional boxing record for Mark Breland from BoxRec
Howard Davis Jr.
Howard Edward Davis Jr. was an American amateur and professional boxer. Growing up on Long Island as the eldest of 10 children, after being inspired by a movie about Muhammad Ali, Davis embarked on his amateur career. He won the 1976 Olympic gold medal one week after his mother died and he was also awarded the Val Barker Trophy at the Olympics, beating out such boxers as Sugar Ray Leonard, Michael Spinks and Leon Spinks. He turned professional after the Olympics and went on to compile a record of 36–6–1 with 14 knockouts. After retirement he became a trainer, eventually he worked as boxing director at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida, where he trained both amateur and professional boxers and MMA fighters. He was also a speaker and a musician. As an amateur, Davis was trained by his father, a former boxer and he had an outstanding amateur career. In 1976, Davis won the Olympic gold medal in the division in Montreal, Quebec. Davis was also named the Outstanding Boxer of the 1976 Olympics and his Olympic teammates included Sugar Ray Leonard, Michael Spinks and Leon Spinks. His Olympic victory came just one week after his mother died of a heart attack, Davis had an amateur record of 125–5. After winning his first thirteen fights, he challenged Jim Watt for the WBC lightweight title in 1980, Watt won by a fifteen-round unanimous decision. In 1984, with a record of 26–1, Davis fought Edwin Rosario for the WBC lightweight title, Rosario retained his title with a twelve-round split decision. His final attempt to win a title came in 1988. Davis was stunningly knocked out in the first round by IBF junior welterweight champion Buddy McGirt, in 1994, Davis launched a comeback as a middleweight. He retired for good after losing by knockout to Dana Rosenblatt on April 13,1996. He finished with a record of 36–6–1 with 14 KOs. In August 1976, Davis hometown of Glen Cove, New York honored Davis with a parade for his Olympic achievement, in July 2009, Glen Cove honored Davis by naming a street after him. The Mayor also proclaimed July 10 as Howard Davis Day in honor of father and son