Why Cassius Clay Changed His Name to Muhammad Ali

Boxing’s most prominent figure wasn’t born with his name

Muhammad Ali in a boxing match (1966), from Action Images, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

AArguably, the greatest competitor to bless the sport of boxing was Muhammad Ali. He won his first Olympic gold medal as a lightweight at eighteen and captured the world heavyweight title just four years later.

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Ben Kageyama

Ben Kageyama

Truth is stranger than fiction. I write about both. || benkageyamawrites@gmail.com